Multimillionaire Chow Yun Fat may be one of the highest paid actors in the world, but he is extremely frugal, humble and kindhearted—he has just pledged to donate his entire wealth to charity after he dies!
“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 Broadcasting Corporation Munhwa last month.
“You can’t bring the money in your bank account with you after you die,” he added.
Considering his estimated fortune of $715million, many fans are shocked by the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star’s modest lifestyle.
Although he was ranked 24th in Forbes’ list of highest paid actors in the world in 2015, he is frequently spotted taking public transport in Hong Kong.
“I think that some people believe that just because you are born here, that when you have money, you need to move up to the next level.
“And that you are supposed to own whatever material goods people of that level are supposed to have. The minute you don’t do that, you are considered strange,” the film star said.
Although Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world, Chow chooses to live simply and comfortably on just $100 a month!
Chow taking wefie with lucky fans on the train
His wife Jasmine Tan said he only eats at street stalls and had been using a 17-year-old Nokia flip-phone until very recently when it stopped working!
“We don’t need so much information, we just need to learn how to listen from our heart.”
Chow’s favorite food is simple and cheap—rice with Chinese turnips.
“I am happy if there’s food to eat because we were quite poor then. I’ll be very happy eating sweet potatoes and vegetables, and even happier if I have chicken and meat during the new year,” Chow told MBC.
The iconic actor hates flaunting his wealth and refuses to buy expensive clothes.
“We don’t wear clothes for people to value us but we wear them to make us feel comfortable,” he said.
His slipper only cost HK$60. (less than USD10)
Chow knows that the key to happiness is not what you own, but having a peaceful and positive mindset.
We could all learn something from Chow’s life values, what he’s doing is selfless and truly admirable!