Tycoon Axes $128M Reward for Marrying Gay Daughter
Chao grudgingly accepts her sexuality
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2014 2:00 AM CST
Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao has had a sudden change of heart after offering a $128 million reward to any male suitor who could marry his lesbian daughter. The tycoon—who recently doubled his original offer of $64 million—appears to have been moved by an open letter from daughter Gigi pleading with him to accept her sexuality and to treat the female partner she has been with for nine years as "a normal, dignified human being," the Guardian reports.

"If Gigi's said that this is what she chooses, then it's all over," the 77-year-old tycoon, a playboy who claims to have had 10,000 girlfriends, tells CNN. "I can't say I am happy with her choice," he says. "If this is her choice then it's for her." But he made it clear his tolerance only goes so far and he will not welcome his daughter's partner into the family. "I have no intention of mixing my life with her life," he says. "But if this is what she wants, then I respect her choice."