Hong Kong feng shui master loses appeal for billionaire's wealth
By James Pomfret
HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - The former lover of late Hong Kong billionaire Nina Wang lost an appeal to secure control of her wealth on Monday, when the high court upheld a previous judgment in a bitter probate battle.
A little over a year ago, a Hong Kong court had ruled that a will leaving Wang's entire $4 billion estate, one of Asia's largest fortunes, to her former lover and feng shui master, Tony Chan, was a forgery.
The court said the money would instead go to charity. Chan appealed the decision.
In a brief hearing, a panel of three judges from Hong Kong's court of appeal said they "had no hesitation in dismissing this appeal."
"The first defendant (Chan) has persisted in pursuing a thoroughly dishonest case. In doing so, he has abused the process of the court," Justice Anthony Rogers told a packed courtroom.
Local media reported that Chan, a married father of three, would appeal the new ruling, likely further prolonging the court battle that has gripped a city obsessed with celebrities.
The twists and turns featured revelations of adultery and bizarre rituals associated with feng shui, a Chinese philosophy stressing the influence of outside forces on a building or space.
Wang, known as "Little Sweetie," was one of Asia's wealthiest women with a business empire including the Chinachem Group, Hong Kong's largest private property developer. She died of cancer in 2007, aged 69. Continued...