Chinese businessman gives daughter $149m dowry

Alys Francis, ninemsn
1:18pm January 2, 2013
The bride and her husband received a dowry worth $149 million.
The bride and her husband received a dowry worth $149 million.

A Chinese businessman has led his daughter down the aisle in style, giving her a $149 million dowry for her wedding, including shares, several homes and four boxes of gold jewellery.

Pictures of the dowry were posted online at the end of a reported eight-day wedding banquet in Cizao town Jinjiang county, in eastern China's Fujian province, on the weekend.

Wu Duanbaio, chairman of ceramics company Fujian Wanli Group, gave his daughter and her new husband a bankbook with deposits worth $3 million and a property portfolio that includes a retail store, the Olympic villas and a mansion.

But it was not just the newlyweds that benefited from his generosity.

Wu also donated $2.3 million to local charities in honour of the happy occasion.

A post accompanying the photos said the "open-air banquet" celebrations would begin on December 28 and last eight days.

The lucky bride and some of her wedding gifts.
The lucky bride and some of her wedding gifts.

A spokesperson from Fujian Wanli confirmed Wu's dowry gifts but denied the wedding would last eight days, saying the chairman would "keep things simple".

The bride, who has not been named, met her husband, a civil servant surnamed Xu, in kindergarten, according to Chinese media reports.

Wedding dowries are a tradition in the Jinjiang and Shishi counties. 

Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Nick Pearson.
Sources: The South China Morning Post, Xinhua Net.

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