A Shanghai woman and her daughter were inspired by beloved Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat’s decision to donate his entire fortune to charity.
Donating their apartment:
The daughter, surnamed Ye, convinced her mother to donate their $1.5 million apartment to the government upon their deaths, according to South China Morning Post
- The mother, surnamed Lv, said she felt like it was a pity that no one would inherit the house if her daughter dies, since her daughter does not have a partner or any children.
- The duo went to the Second Service Centre of the China Will Registration Center in Shanghai to make their wills earlier this month.
- Their wills state that the assets will be passed to the daughter if the mother passes first. If the daughter passes first, the mother will receive all the assets. After both have passed, the apartment will be donated to the government.
Inspired by Chow Yun-fat: Chow, 66, announced his plan to donate his savings to charity approximately three years ago, and Ye stated that her decision to donate the apartment was inspired by the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actor.
- “I am deeply touched. I remember Chow Yun-fat said that a person cannot possess his assets for a whole life, I hope my property can be donated to the people in need,” she said.
- She also said her and her mother will “feel okay” if authorities use the house to help poor residents or for other charitable efforts.
- “As I have chosen not to get married, why not donate my assets to the country?” Ye stated.
- Although his net worth is $714 million, he leads a simple life and only spends about $100 on himself per month.
- He used a first-generation Nokia cell phone for over 17 years and switched to a smartphone two years ago, but only because the Nokia stopped working. He also shops at discount shops and said that as long as he think it’s comfortable, it’s “good enough.”
- “The money’s not mine. I’m only keeping it safe for the time being. 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,” he said.