Anita Mui's last will and testament is the big news around here. The wildly popular singer and actress (think Asian Madonna) died in 2003, at age 40, leaving an estate currently valued at over 100 million (HKD, or a bit under USD 13 million).
The bulk of Ah Mui's wealth was left to the New Horizon Buddhist Association, which promotes Tibetan Buddhism (Karma Kagyu). Ah Mui's mother (seen below) hotly contested the will, the whole mess went all the way to the Supreme Court, and Mummy just lost, getting only HKD 70,000 (less than USD 10,000) a month for nail money. She better move to Shenzhen. Nobody I know can live on that in Hong Kong.
The not-afraid-to-fight-in-court New Horizon Buddhist Association is the Hong Kong front organization for the 17th Karmapa.
No, not the 17th Karmapa, but the other Karmapa: the one pictured below, who is frequently seen in public with the Sharmapa. Unless Anita's mum has big joss with the judiciary, it seems like one game is over, and another about to begin.
I just love Hong Kong.
Always have, always will.
Ever since I dated Roslyn Chan at university, I harbored a secret wish to write for one of the tabloids here. With this post (dead actress, legal scandal, two Karmapas), I have now officially crossed that off the Bucket List.
If you want to see me while I'm in town, try looking here.