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Alleged lover of Asia's richest woman: Will's real

Alleged lover of Asia's richest woman: Will's real

The alleged lover of Asia's richest woman said Monday he was stunned when she supposedly left her multibillion-dollar fortune to him, and he insisted the will not was a forgery.
The will is at the center of a high-profile court battle over the estate of one of Hong Kong's most colorful personalities, businesswoman Nina Wang, who died at age 69 of cancer in 2007.
Tony Chan, a 49-year-old feng shui adviser, says he and Wang were lovers and she left her money to him out of genuine affection in a 2006 will. But a foundation set up by Wang and her late husband claims her estate under a competing will dated 2002.
In a testy exchange in court Monday, the foundation's lawyer, Lawrence Lok, asked Chan if he concocted the will himself or had someone else do so on his behalf.
"Absolutely not," Chan said. "You're wrongly accusing me."
The inheritance left him stunned, Chan said.
"I never thought she would do that. She really loved me very deeply," he said.
In the years before her death, Wang gave Chan a total of 2.06 billion Hong Kong dollars ($266 million) in 2005 and 2006.
"It was really a gift," Chan said. "Because I feel that she really loved me, that's why she gave me the money. She had always been giving me money."
He said his relationship with Wang started in 1992 but he kept it secret from everyone except his wife.
Wang inherited her husband's fortune after an eight-year court battle against her father-in-law.
Her husband was abducted in 1990, and though the family paid US$33 million in ransom, he was never released and his body never found. Wang went on to build her husband's company, Chinachem, into a massive property developer.
In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked her as the world's No. 204 richest person with a fortune of US$4.2 billion, but it is not clear how much her estate is currently worth.


Updated : 2021-06-25 08:32 GMT+08:00