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    Jan 24, 2014

    Tycoon's wedding bounty may hit $166m


    A HONG Kong tycoon may double a "marriage bounty" to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to US$130 million (S$166 million), despite his initial offer attracting 20,000 candidates, a report said.

    Two years ago, wealthy property developer Cecil Chao made headlines worldwide by offering a reward of HK$500 million (S$82 million) to any man who could persuade his daughter, Gigi, to marry.

    He is now considering increasing his offer, a report in a Malaysian financial publication said.

    The 77-year-old tycoon "hinted this figure could be doubled if someone could capture her heart", The Edge said.

    But this fresh attempt at a financial sweetener has left Gigi upset and her female partner of nine years, Ms Sean Eav, "distraught", the South China Morning Post said.

    "I don't think my dad's offer of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive," said Gigi.

    "I would be happy to befriend any man willing to donate to my charity, Faith in Love, provided he doesn't mind that I already have a wife.

    "Third and lastly, thank you Daddy, I love you too," she said.

    Gigi is reported to have married Ms Eav in a ceremony in France in 2012, though same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong.