Chow Yun Fat Lives Frugally, Only Spending $100 A Month, And Is Giving Away His $700 Million Fortune

Money isn't everything, according to Chow Yun Fat!

You may know him as the superstar of Hong Kong cinema with his many collaborations with action filmmaker John Woo. His most famous films include A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled. Western audiences will recognise him from internationally renowned Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Anna and the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He is worth a whopping $714 million - and he's giving it all away.

Money, money, money - the be all and end all?

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Chow is giving away his fortune that he's built up over a wildly successful career to charity. He told Hong Kong movie site Jayne Stars, "My dream is to be a happy and normal person".

Famous for his dashing good looks and incredible on-screen charisma, you'd think that having a fortune of $714 million would mean living frugally is difficult. And we wouldn't blame you if you picture Chow arriving at fancy high-end restaurants in his expensive sports cars and draped in designer wear from tooth to toe. Yet apparently, he lives on $100 per month. Not exactly what we had in mind when we pictured celebrity lifestyle!

Meanwhile, his pastimes include jogging and photography. Chow can frequently be found walking through the streets of Hong Kong without the pomp and circumstance of an international movie star.

He has been using his wife's, Jasmine Tan, Nokia phone for the past 17 years. He only recently upgraded to a smartphone when it broke (we actually don't believe that since Nokia's never break!). You might not recognise his clothes since he buys them at discount stores. "I don’t wear clothes for other people. As long as I think it’s comfortable, then it’s good enough for me".

On giving away his fortune, he said, "The money’s not mine. I’m only keeping it safe for the time being".

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In any case you weren't convinced by now, he goes on to say that earning money isn't the most important thing in life! "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".