INSPIRING HONG KONG SUPERSTAR DONATES HIS ENTIRE FORTUNE
Chow Yun-Fat, a self professed Buddhist and beloved and notoriously humble movie star and from Hong Kong recently announced that he will be donating his entire fortune over over $714 million to various charities.
The mega movie star accumulated his grand fortune from starring in over 90 films over 40 years of famous box office hits such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, A Better Tomorrow, and The Replacement Killers, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
He has won three Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor and two Golden Horse Awards for Best Actor. The Los Angeles Times one called him "the coolest actor in the world".
"The money doesn't really belong to me, I am only in charge of it temporarily," he told reporters when he first revealed the plans for his fortune.
According to Chinese news outlet ET Today, Yun-Fat despite his wealth and stardom he has always lived a humble life spending only about $100 ( USD) per month ($800 HKD). He takes public transit whenever he can, buys his clothes at second hand stores he and his wife prefer to eat at food stalls over fancy restaurants. He only recently bought a smart phone after the Nokia flip phone he owned for 17 years finally broke.
When asked why he likes to shop at discount shops despite his tremendous net worth, Chow replied “I don’t wear clothes for other people. I just wear whatever I find comfortable.”
He and his wife say that they plan on giving the fortune away to a number of charities, in addition to their own foundation, which they Chow and his wife, Jasmine Tan, have set up their own foundation years ago, according to an earlier interview with Apple Daily hive.
“My dream is to be a happy and normal person,” Yun-Fat told ET. “The hardest thing in life is not about how much money you earn, but how to keep a peaceful mindset and live the rest of your life in a simple and carefree manner.”