How can you resist a story with sub-billings like "Feng Shui Master v. Puppet Show"? I have no idea. Add a botched kidnapping, missing person, allegations of a faked death, secret love affairs (or not), multiple wills, around $4 billion in assets and you might see why the Wall Street Journal is so interested.
Sure, our wills, deaths (fake or real) and scandals are entertaining here in the West, but while we are stuck with poor rip-offs of DB Cooper, the East gets 60somethings with an Asian schoolgirl dress-up fetish, worth $4 billion+ and a penchant for sleeping (maybe) with bartenders feng shui masters after their late husband went man-overboard-missing during a botched kidnapping. Just try to tell us the East isn't exotic.
...aside from her girlish get-ups, she was famous for successfully laying claim to the real-estate empire left by her late husband, Teddy Wang, who was kidnapped in 1990 and never heard from again -- leaving behind two purported wills of his own.
Fleeing humble origins in mainland China a half-century ago, Teddy and Nina Wang became property moguls, building hundreds of apartment towers, shopping malls and offices across Hong Kong, including the recently completed 90-story Nina Tower. Forbes estimated Ms. Wang's worth at $4.2 billion in 2007, though the true value of her estate isn't publicly known.
After Ms. Wang's death, the charity she helped establish was expected to take control of her fortune. At least, that's what one of her purported wills, dated 2002, says. But Mr. Chan produced a second will, dated 2006, declaring him the sole heir.
His argument rests on the idea that he wasn't merely Ms. Wang's adviser on feng shui, a complex system of beliefs about the influence of stars, geography and the location of objects on people's lives. He says he was Ms. Wang's lover for 15 years.
Mr. Chan's lawyer, Jonathan Midgley, has produced photos showing Mr. Chan cavorting with Ms. Wang. Mr. Chan frequently joined Ms. Wang for "midnight meetings," Mr. Midgley says.
The Fight for Little Sweetie's Billions Is Getting More Than a Little Weird [The Wall Street Journal]