The billionaire was confused after he found that his daughter ran off to France this spring and become the wife of her girlfriend of seven years, Sean Eav.
The shocked father had quickly come with an unusual idea: to offer a $65 million bounty to any straight man who is able to seduce Gigi and stole her heart.
Cecil Chao, 76, has said he doesn’t care about the man’s financial status: “I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor,” he’s quoted as saying. “The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.”
The Hong Kong’s businessman revealed that he believed his daughter’s prospective husband would use the money to start a business, describing the offer as “an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital”.
Nonsense, but this approach seems quite strange for Cecil Chao who famously said he does not believe in marriage, and has claimed that his playboy lifestyle means he has had 10,000 girlfriends.
Meanwhile, his daughter revealed that in the light of Chao’s announcement, men from all over the world took up the challenge through social media. She soon posted on her Facebook account that she is no longer accepting friend requests.
When asked to comment on her father’s move, she told reporters that “He has an interesting interpretation of me.”
Mr Chao described reports referring to his offer as “false” as he enthused about his daughter’s best qualities: “Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks.”
He went on, telling the ‘South China Morning Post’: “She is devoted, generous and does volunteer work.”
Many comments posted by readers of newspaper’s website were critical of what they saw as Mr Chao’s “indecent proposal”.
“How humiliating for this poor girl,” wrote one reader. “Mr Chao needs to come out of denial.”
However, according to a photograph on Miss Chao’s Facebook page, ‘the poor girl’ and her girlfriend flew to France two days earlier. “Going to Paris to buy a few businesses,” read the caption to a picture apparently taken in the first-class section of a plane.
The Facebook of the world’s most wanted bride reads: “Helicopter pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in colour and emotion.”
It also describes her as an executive director at her father’s Hong Kong-based property firm, Cheuk Nang, reports The Telegraph.
Gigi’s profile for the social networking website LinkedIn reveals that the 33-year-old woman worked with the British architect Sir Terry Farrell for two years.
She now runs Haut Monde Talent, a model management and PR firm with an office on Hong Kong’s Hennessy Road.
The news appeared to contradict a description Miss Chao gave of her father in a 2007 interview.
“My father took a hands-off approach in parenting,” she told reporters at the time. “I see him as a friend more than a father. My parents never pressure me with high expectations.”