The world"s best father? Generous Chinese businessman provides 100million dowry for his daughter ahead of lavish wedding

The world's best father (…or father-in-law) Generous Chinese businessman gives 100million dowry ahead of daughter's lavish weddingIncludes boxes of gold jewellery, property portfolio and shares in his firmThe groom, a civil servant, has known the bride since kindergarten
Expensive dowries have long been a marriage tradition in the region

By
Emma Reynolds

PUBLISHED:

18:51 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 2 January 2013


New bride: Wu Ruibiao's daughter was given four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m and an impressive property portfolio

New bride: Wu Ruibiao's daughter was given four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m and an impressive property portfolio

A wealthy Chinese tile magnate gave his daughter a gigantic 100million dowry that included four boxes of gold jewellery, shares and several homes for her lavish wedding.

The extravagant gift included four boxes of gold
jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 2m (20m yuan) and an impressive property portfolio.

Pictures of the generous dowry were posted online on Sunday, at the end of the 'eight-day banquet', which took place in Cizao town, Jinjiang county, in eastern China's Fujian province.

Wu Duanbiao, chairman of ceramics firm Fujian Wanli Group, gave his daughter's new husband real estate including a retail store in Quanzhou, the Olympic villas and the Wanda mansion.

He also bequeathed the newlyweds 500m shares in his ceramics firm worth more than 10m (100m yuan).

Wu also gave donations worth 1.5m (15m yuan) to two charities, according to local media reports.

The bridegroom, a civil servant whose surname is Xu, had known his new wife since they were classmates in kindergarten.

A spokesman for Wu's firm, Wanli management, confirmed the endowment, but denied the wedding was to be the 'eight day
open-air banquet' described in the internet post and said that Wu
would 'keep things simple'.

The post claimed the wedding banquet was beginning on
December 28 would last eight days to entertain public guests.

With these rings: Just some of the valuable jewellery included in Miss Wu's dowry

With these rings: Just some of the valuable jewellery included in Miss Wu's dowry to her civil servant husband

Perfect present: The groom - a civil servant - will now be the proud owner of prime real estate including a retail store in Quanzhou, Olympic villas and the Wanda mansion

Perfect present: The groom – a civil servant – will now be the proud owner of prime real estate including a retail store in Quanzhou, Olympic villas and the Wanda mansion

Many readers of the weibo website praised Wu for donating to charities and his display of love for his daughter, according to South China Morning Post.

Bestowing expensive dowries has long been a Fujian marriage tradition, particularly in the Jinjiang and Shishi areas.

The tradition is sometimes seen as a
manifestation of gender inequality in the region, because expensive
dowries are supposed to ensure the bride will be treated well by her
husband and
in-laws.

Bride and joy: Miss Wu, whose father is a tile magnate, poses for the cameras. He father also gave donations worth 1.5m to two charities

Bride and joy: Miss Wu, whose father is a tile magnate, poses for the cameras. He father also gave donations worth 1.5m to two charities

Apple Daily featured a one-page report
on the Jinjiang tradition last year, titled 'Marrying a Jinjiang bride
is better than robbing a bank'.

Last month, another Jinjiang
billionaire married off his daughter with a dowry worth more than 2billion yuan, following the example of Hengan International's chairman,
who paid 2.5 billion yuan for his niece’s wedding a year ago.