A Hong Kong, China, billionaire offered $180,000,000 for any man who was willing to marry his lesbian daughter.
Cecil Chao made headlines when he offered a huge monetary reward to anyone who would marry his daughter, Gigi, despite the fact that she had been in a relationship with her female partner Sean Eav for almost nine years, the Independent reported.
The initial amount Chao offered was $60,000,000, which received an astounding 20,000 responses. None of the suitors were successful, however, and Chao ultimately doubled the amount.
"I don’t want to interfere with my daughter’s private life,” he said in an interview, Providr reported. "I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business."
Chao believed it wasn’t too late for his daughter to change her sexual orientation.
Gigi wrote an open letter in response to her father’s proposition, blasting him for ignorantly attempting to find her a husband.
“As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy," she wrote, the South China Morning Post reported. "But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent..."
The letter continued:
...However, I do love my partner Sean, who does a good job of looking after me, ensuring I am fed, bathed and warm enough every day, and generally cheering me up to be a happy, jolly girl. She is a large part of my life, and I am a better person because of her.
Now, I’m not asking you to be best of friends; however, it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being.