Nina Wang’s alleged lover claims her multi-billion-dollar fortune

June 30th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 30 (ANI): A man claiming to be the lover of Asia’s richest woman, Nina Wang, has insisted that a will that left her multi-billion-dollar fortune to him was not a forgery.

The document is at the centre of a high-profile court battle over the estate of one of Hong Kong’s most colorful personalities, Sky News reports.

Businesswoman Nina Wang, who died at age 69 of cancer in 2007, was ranked in Forbes magazine as the world’s 204th richest person with a fortune of 4.2 billion dollars.

Feng shui adviser Tony Chan, 49, said he and Wang were lovers and she left her money to him out of genuine affection in a 2006 will.

However, a foundation set up by Wang and her late husband has staked a claim to her estate under a separate will made in 2002.

During a testy court hearing, the foundation’s lawyer Lawrence Lok asked Chan if he concocted the will himself or had someone else do so on his behalf.

“Absolutely not. You’re wrongly accusing me. I never thought she would do that. She really loved me very deeply,” he added.

In the years before her death, Wang gave Chan a total of 266 million dollars in 2005 and 2006.

“It was really a gift. Because I feel that she really loved me, that’s why she gave me the money. She had always been giving me money,” Chan said.

He said his relationship with Wang started in 1992, but he kept it secret from everyone except his wife.

Wang inherited her husband’s fortune after an eight-year court battle against her father-in-law. Her husband was abducted in 1990 and, despite the family paying 20 million pounds in ransom, he was never released and his body never found.

Wang went on to build her husband’s company, Chinachem, into a massive property developer. (ANI)

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