Forget million yuan dowries, it takes a billion ($160 million) to sell off a rich man’s daughter in Fujian’s Jinjiang County.
Wu Duanbiao, chairman of ceramics firm Fujian Wanli Group gave his daughter a gigantic dowry that included four boxes of gold jewelry, shares and several homes for her lavish wedding.
Pictures of the eight-day banquet and dowry were posted online, causing equal amounts of envy and praise, for additionally donating 15 million yuan to charity.
The bridegroom, a civil servant surnamed Xu, was a classmate of his new wife at kindergarten.
This begs the question, is it worth moving to Jinjiang and seeking out a landed aristocrat’s daughter?
In early December, in the same county, Wu Jinbiao (吴金裱), chairman of Billion Industrial Holdings Ltd, spent more than 250 million yuan ($40 million) to marry off his daughter.
When the niece of Hengan Group’s CEO Xu Lianjie (许连捷) was married in November 2011, the dowry was a then record of 140 million yuan.
Hence, “Instead of robbing banks, one would be much better off marrying a Jinjiang bride,” has become the latest popular motto circulating on the Internet.
Pity there aren’t more billionaire’s daughters. We could all have one!