What would you do if you had $714 million dollars? To many people, that amount of money is entirely unimaginable, while to others, the number of bills to be paid, items to be bought, and debts to cover make it entirely desirable.

According to the Chinese actor from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, however, this sum of money will be offered to charity. The actor told Hong Kong movie site, Jayne Stars, about his plans to donate his fortunes in a recent interview. (1, 2)

Chow Yun-fat Plans To Donate Millions

According to the Jayne Stars website, Chow Yun-Fat – the Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons star – has accumulated quite a fortune due to his participation in his industry. “One might think that with this fortune, Chow Yun-fat lives a very luxurious lifestyle, that consists of driving nice sports cars or residing in lovely mansions,” the site explains. “Instead, Chow Yun-fat is shown to be fairly frugal – often opting to take public transit and doing charity work instead of spending money on himself.” (1, 2)

According to Chow, he does his best to only spend about $100 on himself every month in order to keep his personal spending low. He even used the same Nokia phone for 17 years in order to avoid spending money on a new one, only getting a smartphone about two years ago after his Nokia stopped working.  (1, 2) While most of us might be confused by the actor’s decision to live frugally when he could live luxuriously, the fact of the matter is that Chow Yu has focused a great deal of his time on healthier habits over materialistic habits, such as hiking, jogging, or similar hobbies. According to some, the actor is commonly spotted while jogging and happily poses for the cameras of fans. (2)

Why Is Chow Yun-fat Donating His Fortunes?

According to the actor’s wife, Jasmin Tan, her husband made plans to donate his net worth to various charities a while ago. After establishing their own charity a number of years ago, Jasmin is in full support of her husband’s decision to donate his money to a number of different causes. When questioned concerning his reasons for donating his immense fortune, Chow Yun-fat simply smiled and replied, “The money’s not mine. I’m only keeping it safe for the time being.” (2)

Chow Yun-fat went on to say, “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.” Money, according to Chow Yun-fat, is not the source of happiness. (1, 2)

Conclusion

Many of us are absolutely convinced that money buys happiness. Even if we say we aren’t, we often are, and while money certainly makes a lot of things (like paying bills, filling up gas tanks, and having food on the table) easier, it certainly isn’t the answer to finding abundant happiness or contentment. Chow Yun’s example of donating his mass fortunes instead of investing in his own wants and desires is an amazing testimony to self-control, vision, selflessness, and generosity. If only we could all implement a small amount of this example in our own lives.

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