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Gay Hong Kong woman calls marriage bounty 'distracting'

Published on Sep 28, 2012 2:50 PM
Gigi Chao, the daughter of Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, reacts while reading marriage proposal emails at her office in Hong Kong Sept 27, 2012. A flood of men offered dates and marriage proposals to the lesbian daughter of Cecil Chao who was willing to pay US$65 million (S$80 million) to a successful son-in-law. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - A gay Hong Kong woman on Friday implored her tycoon father to rescind a US$65 million (S$80 million) "marriage bounty" for any man who can win her heart, as applications poured in from around the globe.

"For your family's sanity's sake, Daddy please rescind the notice!!!!" Ms Gigi Chao, 33, wrote on her Facebook page, adding that she would no longer accept Facebook friend requests. "Where do all these people come from? (Jerusalem)? Ethiopia? Istanbul? ridiculous," she wrote in an earlier post.

British-educated Gigi described her father's behaviour and all the attention it had received as "seriously distracting".

"I am secretly praying for a blackout... so that I can get some peace and quiet," she told the South China Morning Post, as news of the marriage bounty spread through the world's media from Australia to India and the United States.