He’ll Pay You $180M To Marry His Daughter… But There’s A CATCH.
Every once in awhile, we hear a story that's so over-the-top, all we can do is shrug our shoulders and wish everyone involved the best.
This is one of those stories.
Chinese billionaire Cecil Chao is man who has it all. He made his massive fortune through real estate and luxury property development in Hong Kong, and is known for making grandiose moves with his money.
Unfortunately, the one thing that Chao couldn't buy is the thing he wanted most in the world: His only daughter is a lesbian, and he wants to pay a man to "turn her straight."
This is Chao and his daughter, Gigi.
In 2012, Chao made headlines with a shocking proposal.
He wanted to pay $60 million to any man who could "turn his daughter straight." In 2014, he upped the "dowry" to $120 million, then finally, $180 million.
As you can imagine, Gigi wasn't having any of it.
Happily with her partner, Gigi made a public refusal of her father's offer.
She wrote him an open letter that went public.
In the letter, she implored her father to treat her and her partner, Sean Eav, as "normal, dignified human beings."
"As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy," she wrote. "But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent."
Chao wasn't pleased with her decision.
A man who is publicly known for being with hundreds of women in his lifetime, Chao is the conservative sort who prefers traditional gender roles and has old-fashioned ideas about sexuality.
At 77 years old, he's not likely to change his ways, either.
However, there is an upswing to this story: Eventually, Chao took the offer off the table.
In interviews, he said that he doesn't agree with his daughter's choice, but understands now that he has to respect it.
For Gigi, this was a huge sigh of relief.
Sadly, that doesn't mean that Chao welcomes her partner into the family.
According to reports, Chao and his daughter lead completely separate lives.
Luckily, Gigi doesn't seem any worse off, despite her father's intolerance.
In fact, her and her partner seem to be doing just fine.
One thing is for sure: We admire her ability to stand her ground and refuse to placate her father's wishes.
This isn't the first time a dad tried to control his daughter, but it's definitely an inspiration for those out there who are going through the same thing.