Internationally renowned Hong Kong film star Chow Yun-fat, known for his humble and gracious nature, took his good name to the next level when he announced recently that he will donate his entire $1 billion HKD ($164 million USD) fortune to charity after he dies.
Chow Yun-fat, who “still sees himself as an average man”, has been praised for routinely taking public transportation, dressing in “clothes purchased years ago” and carrying around an outdated cellphone despite his incredible wealth and fame, Asia One reports.
The award-winning actor is best known across Asia for his roles in A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and most recently, The Monkey King. He’s known in the West for his appearances in popular films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
The actor claims, however, that he’s barely ever recognized when he’s out and about. “Ninety percent of the people on the subway would be staring down at their phones. Who would even notice me? It’s like stepping into an abandoned land!”
He explained that he often takes public transportation because he feels a personal driver is unnecessary.
“If I hire a driver, I would feel bad because he would have to wait for me all day long. I would be anxious because I know that someone is waiting for me. It would be very frustrating!”
The actor said that he learned from his mother early on the importance of thriftiness. Now, as he approaches old age with no children to care for, he wants to donate all he’s saved up as a way to thank society for what he’s been given.
“I feel that the 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 charities that need it the most,” he said.