|Chow Yun Fat from the movie God of Gamblers|
Most of us will remember Chow Yun Fat for his roles in John Woo movies like The Killer and A Better Tomorrow and Wong Jing’s God of Gamblers. He even broke into Hollywood with films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Being a bankable movie star through the years, Chow Yun-fat has amassed a fortune amounting to roughly $5.6 billion HKD ($716 million USD)
There have been numerous reports that Chow Yun-fat plans to donate his fortune to charity when he dies. When asked about it during a recent interview with South Korean broadcasting station MBC, the mild mannered Chow Yun-fat says that he has been acting for many years and that he rarely spends a lot. He also says that he would rather spend some quality time with his wife as they do not have any children.
Chow Yun-fat goes on by saying that he spends some of his money on himself and his family but most of it will go into charity. “There are people who need this money more than I do,” he said.
When asked as to why he would be so willing to part with his hard-earned money, Chow Yun-fat says, “Money isn’t something you possess forever. When you’re gone one day, you have to leave it to others to use it.” One of the most important things he said was, “You can’t bring money with you after you die.” Growing up in a poor family, Chow Yun-fat learned to appreciate the simple joys in life. He would be happy just to be able to eat meat and have a bed to sleep in. Even now, he still considers it a treat to eat savory turnips with rice.
“I’ve always regarded money as something like a smoke cloud and my wife (Jasmine Tan) is very supportive of my decisions. Others may think that it would be a waste to do something like this but to me, this is the good thing to do and I’m happy with that.”