Hey remember that Hong Kong billionaire who announced a £40m "marriage bounty" to the man who successfully woos his lesbian daughter?

Despite the fact his offspring has already eloped with her partner of seven years, daddy dearest wants her - and everyone else - to know the offer is still very much on the table.

While Cecil Chao Sze-tsung insists he'd never force his daughter to marry a man....he clarifies that he would certainly "prefer it".

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Cecil Chao Sze-tsung strolls through his 16,000 square foot mansion on Hong Kong's waterfront

And he's given an interview to the Financial Times to show off the "moderately deluxe life", potential male suitors for his darling Gigi can expect.

Strolling through the 16,000 square foot mansion on Hong Kong's waterfront, the sprightly 76-year-old told the newspaper: "She can choose whatever she wants. But anyone who comes along to pursue Gigi, we will give them a moderately deluxe life.

"I would not force her to marry a man. But obviously I would, from my point of view, prefer her to be married and to have grandchildren."

Cecil, by the way, boasts of having slept with 10,000 women and used the same interview to state: "Marriage is difficult, particularly under Hong Kong law. She can take a lot of your money away.

"It's safer not to be married."

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Gigi Chao tied the knot with her longterm partner Sean Ev last April

Gigi, 33, is said to have tied the knot with long-term lover Sean Ev in April last year, and has as yet made no comment on her father's latest outburst.

In response to her father's £40m marriage bounty announcement in September, Gigi told The Malaysia Chronicle she had no intention of ditching her partner and that she believed her pa's actions are borne from love.

She said: "My heart is taken. I am happy. And he knows I am happy. He just wants me to be more happy."

Same sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong, where homosexuality was decriminalised in 1991.

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  • Cecil Chao

    Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings, who has a reputation for being a playboy, poses in his house in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Cecil Chao

    Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings, who has a reputation for being a playboy, walks downstairs in his house in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Cecil Chao

    Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings, who has a reputation for being a playboy, speaks during an interview in his house in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Cecil Chao

    Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings, who has a reputation for being a playboy, poses in his house in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Gigi Chao

    In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, Gigi Chao, daughter of Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses during an interview in Hong Kong. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Gigi Chao, Sean Eav

    In this undated photo, Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo)

  • Gigi Chao, Sean Eav

    In this undated photo, Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo)

  • Cecil Chao

    Cecil Chao, chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings, who has a reputation for being a playboy, speaks during an interview in his house in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The daughter of the prominent Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner says she's not upset with her father. Gigi Chao says she’s on “very loving terms” with her father. He made world headlines this week when he offered the 500 million Hong Kong dollar marriage bounty after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)