Film legend Chow Yun-fat, 63, is making the news because of his frugal lifestyle. The Chinese actor recently told Hong Kong movie site Jayne Stars that he only spends 800 HKD (102 dollars) a month. He only recently got a smartphone after his old Nokia phone he had been using for 17 years broke. Chow Yun-fat chooses the simple life despite having massive wealth. HIs wife Jasmine Tan told Jayne Stars that her husband has a net worth of $5.6 billion HKD (714.5 million dollars) and plans to donate all of it.
“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,” Chow said. Chow lives that life by jogging and keeping healthy. He doesn’t indulge in materialistic things that so many people fall into. Chow often takes the public transportation system and shops at discount stores for his clothes, “I don’t wear clothes for other people. As long as I think it’s comfortable, then it’s good enough for me,” Chow said.
Chow Yun-fat and Jasmine Tan have already set up their own charity and began giving his money away. “I feel that money does not really belong to me. I am just in charge of keeping it temporarily. I will definitely donate it all. I will give it to the charities that need it the most,” Chow said. He joins a list of wealthy people who will donate all or most of their net worth. Chow Yun-fat is most famous for his role in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” outside Asia. But any movie fan will know him most notably from his Hong Kong action movies. His team up with legendary director John Woo created such masterpieces as “Hard Boiled” and “A Better Tomorrow.” He was once dubbed “the coolest actor in the world” in the 90s by the Los Angeles Times but after this news, the man just gets cooler.