Picture via the Guardian, caption: “Gigi Chao (right) is already taken, having apparently married her partner of seven years, Sean Eav (left), in France recently. Photograph: Apple Daily/AFP/Getty Images.”
Gigi Chao says she’s “really quite touched” by her dad’s HK$500 million bounty for her hand in marriage, and with applicants like this, we can see why!
hi Gigi Chao I desire to marry you if I married you I was in vendiin your will find happiness by ndimuar people in the world on this team with you, and there you can find your happiness friend Sazan Gusha from albania.
From Knows Hong Kong:
There’s a bit of confusion as to exactly how many applications have been received though. Gigi’s dad, tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, told South China Morning Post ”about 100,” while Daily Telegraph says “thousands of men.” Gigi herself, in the above SCMP story, claims, “In addition to more than 1,500 Facebook friend requests, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ followers, I am also getting so many e-mail marriage proposals it’s seriously distracting.”
Reuters reports these two:
One suitor from the United States wrote: “I’m interested in your offer to wed your daughter, who also happens to be gay. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay.”
Another put up his brother, a body double to George Clooney in the 2008 sports flick “Leatherheads” as a potential mate: “He could be the picture perfect date that your father craves.”
And desperate bachelors have resorted to emailing newspapers directly, hoping they’ll be messengers. These two went to SCMP:
The Post has also fielded e-mail requests. A Frenchman, 38, wrote: “I’m really serious and [despite the fact] I am a man I think I can make this woman happy, I’m as soft as a woman.”
Another internet user, going by the name Robin Hood 702, wrote: “I will win his daughter’s heart and marry her, and my Maid Marian, a gorgeous Brazilian model, will help accomplish that with me.”
We’ve even fielded proposals in our comments section. (Disclaimer: probably farcical.) This guy links to AOL.com in his comment, and later calls it a “great web site for all” (or does he mean BJC!!!):
my son would marry her if she move to usa and start up a business my wife is bed ridding and we could use sum of your money to buy a house and take care of my wife . if you want to help me and my wife . we dont need a loy of money about 200 000 us money hope you have the heart to help us god bless you and your family. my son is 39 never be marry
But the hands-down winner? The guy who sent this to Gawker:
Dear Mr. Zimmerman,
I read you article regarding the daughter who is lesbian and i decided i want to go to hk to check her out.
My name is Gui [Redacted] and I am from Brazil. I am currently traveling around the world while learning about Algae and climbing mountains.
I think this girl is gorgeous and as I love women I am willing to fly to hk to meet with her.
Can you please let me know how to arrange a meeting with them?
thanks in advance,
What a lucky gal, that Gigi. Who knew all that was necessary to attract the doting attention of so many men was a father’s love? A very, very, very rich father.
Want to submit a marriage proposal of your own? We’re listening.
UPDATE, 9/29, 5:15 pm: Hey look, someone’s already made a “fan site”:
— Adam Taylor (@mradamtaylor) September 28, 2012