It always warms our hearts when the super-rich people like Robert Downey Jr or Bill Gates do something good with their millions. Those stars, in particular, are famous for their charity, but another star is soon to join their midst.
Chow Yun-fat is known for his starring role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. However, in Asia, he is more well-known for his roles in John Woo movies, such as A Better Tomorrow, and The Killer and Hard Boiled. But, younger fans will know him from his role as Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
But he wasn’t always a mega-famous and super-rich movie star. We all had to start somewhere, right?
Chow was born on Lamma Island in Hong Kong. His mom was a cleaner and vegetable farmer, and his dad worked on an oil tanker. Every day he awoke at dawn to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding. In the afternoons, he worked in the fields.
His family moved to Kowloon when he was 10, and when he left school at 17 he took any job that came his way. He tried his hand at being a bellboy, postman, camera salesman, and taxi driver. However, after college, his life started to turn around.
He applied for a TV acting job and became a famous heartthrob on many soap operas. Then, the big roles started coming in.
Despite his huge net worth, Chow reportedly spends around US$100 a month on himself. The rest, he gives to charity. And now he plans to donate his entire fortune.
“The money’s not mine,” he said. “I’m only keeping it safe for the time being.”
Chow buys second-hand clothes and rides public transport to get about, unusually for such a big star. But he remembers his roots and lives his life for others.
“My dream is to be a happy and normal person. 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.”
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