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Crouching Tiger’ star Chow Yun-fat vows to donate fortune

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Published on January 01, 2019 with No Comments

 ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ star Chow Yun-fat may be a heavyweight from the golden era of Hong Kong cinema but the famously frugal actor has vowed to donate his vast wealth to charity after he dies. Also known to western audiences for films such as the Oscar-winning “Pirates of the Caribbean” and gangster classic “A Better Tomorrow”, Chow has endeared himself to fans in recent years with a modest lifestyle.

Multimillionaire Chow, 63, joined Forbes’ list of highest paid actors in the world for the first time in 2015, sharing 24th place with Russell Crowe. Yet in Hong Kong — a city with no shortage of flashy socialites and stars — he can be spotted taking public transport and lining up for tickets to watch his own movie. Now he has pledged to give away his entire fortune, reportedly HK$5.6 billion (US$715 million).

“This money isn’t something you possess forever. When you’re gone one day, you have to leave it to others to use it,” he told South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation in an interview aired last week. “You can’t bring the money in your bank account with you after you die,” he said, adding his wife “strongly supports” his decision.

Dozens of billionaire business figures have signed up to “The Giving Pledge” started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet encouraging the world’s wealthiest to donate their fortunes. But Hollywood and Asian acting stars are noticeably absent from the list.

 

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