06/01/2015 04:39 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Lesbian Daughter Hits Back At Billionaire Dad Who Offered £80 Million To Man Who Would Marry Her

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The lesbian daughter of a billionaire property tycoon who offered £80 million to any man who could persuade her to marry him has responded to her dad and told him to back down!

In a message to her father, Gigi Chao said: "I'll marry a man when he marries a man."

Shipping magnate and property developer Cecil Chao Sze-tsung made headlines in September 2012 when he offered a reward to the man who could persuade his daughter Gigi to marry him, despite the fact she had already entered into a civil partnership with her female partner of almost nine years, Sean Eav.

The 77-year-old then doubled the money on offer to HK $1billion (£80m) after his first offer attracted 20,000 unsuccessful responses.

He had insisted it is 'not too late' to change his daughter's mind on her sexuality.

He said: "I don't want to interfere with my daughter's private life. I only hope for her to have a good marriage and children as well as inherit my business."

But now Ms Chao has responded in an open letter to her father published by two Hong Kong newspapers.

She said she said understood it may be 'difficult for you to understand, let alone accept' how she could be romantically attracted to a woman.

And referring to the partner she married in a civil ceremony, the 34-year-old added that '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'.

She wrote: "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.

"I'm sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong.

"There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me."

In a separate interview, she said: "Since Dad thinks it's so easy for me to switch from gay to straight, I should just leave it for him to demonstrate. I think I'll marry a man when he marries a man."

The South China Morning Post, one of the papers that published the letter, reported last week that Ms Chao has received "strange" phone calls from would-be suitors since her father made his comments, and that most open by saying, 'I want to be a billionaire'!

Ms Chao is an executive director of luxury property development company Cheuk Nang, which has projects in Hong Kong, China, Macau and Malaysia. Ms Chao is now considered as a LGBT activist and has become closely involved in Big Love Alliance, a gay rights group that lobbies the government to pass anti-discrimination legislation.

Hong Kong Businessman Offers Up Millions to Find Husband For Lesbian Daughter