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China’s most pompous millionaire just threw a ridiculously fancy lunch for homeless New Yorkers

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers

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Multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao, the self-proclaimed “most influential person of China,” held a massive event in New York City on Wednesday during which he handed out $100 bills to 200 homeless people at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.

He’s the man! He’s the man!” one man shouted, throwing his arm around Guangbiao and waving the three $100 bills in the air.

I wish and hope that you will put the money into good use,” Guangbiao said in remarks delivered through a translator.

I hope that you will use this money as seed money for whatever job training or job education you will receive so that you can help yourself,” he said.

Guangbiao, 46, then told the crowd that he would like to do this every year. They began to cheer and whistle.

Along with the cash, Guangbiao’s homeless guests were treated to a lunch of seared sesame-crusted tuna with an Asian slaw and steak with mashed potatoes and green beans by a white-gloved waitstaff.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers2The meal Guangbiao had served for his guests.

They’re not feeding the press?” one of the many members of the media in attendance quipped beforehand.

Guangbiao began his New York City adventure Tuesday when he strolled through the streets of Tribeca with a photographer and reporter from the New York Postattempting to hand out $100 bills to passersby. That effort didn’t exactly go as planned as many of the New Yorkers Guangbiao tried to hand money to ignore his entreaties.

The lunch also didn’t go off without a hitch. According to the event’s invitation, the lunch was for 300 “poverty-stricken people.” But only 200 people from the New York City Rescue Mission were able to attend.

At least 100 other homeless community members were left outside the event.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers3Homeless people waiting outside the lunch.

Duwell, one of the men who found himself barred from the luncheon, called the event “the worst fraud [he] has ever seen perpetrated against the homeless community.”

I am handicapped, and I have been waiting here for 10 and a half hours,” he said. “I have been chased by the police and treated with disrespect after we were promised a gourmet meal and $300. This is a publicity stunt.”

Another woman, Tammy, claimed she waited three hours and said she “was going to stay as long as [she] had to, to get her good meal.”

Tammy questioned the method used to invite people to the event.

Why would you send an invitation by email to homeless people? If I had a computer, I would have a home!

Tammy never made it inside.

An Anti-Chinese Communist Party group also gathered in protest outside the venue, repeating a chant of “Chinese Communist Party is evil! Chinese Communist Party is terrible!” throughout the day.

The Anti-CCP presence was not surprising, though, since CCP supporters clad in military fatigues turned out in huge numbers to volunteer for the event.

Despite the controversy, Guangbiao seemed to remain confident in his philanthropic efforts.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers4Chinese Communist Party supporters outside the lunch.

I have helped millions of people and would like to encourage the press to interview the people who actually received help from me today — instead of listening to those people who might be jealous who might have a lot of negative things to say about what I have to offer,” Guangbiao said at the lunch.

The reason why folks were left out wasn’t exactly clear.

Guangbiao is a recycling magnate with a reported wealth of $740 million. He is infamously eccentric and, according to Reuters, “something of a celebrity in China.”

One of Guangbiao’s trademarks is singing the song “We Are The World.” He mentioned the song repeatedly during the lunch. He also performed some magic tricks for the crowd.

 

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers5Guangbiao’s DVD.

China's Most Pompous Millionaire Just Threw A Ridiculously Fancy Lunch For Homeless New Yorkers6Guangbiao performing magic.

On his business card, Guangbiao describes himself as the “Most Influential Person of China, Most Prominent Philanthropist of China, China Moral Leader, China Earthquake Rescue Hero, Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model, Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China,” among many other self-proclaimed accolades.

During the Central Park event, a DVD played in the background that constantly referred to Guangbiao as “the No. 1″ this and “the No. 1″ that in China. We eventually lost count.

Guangbiao is one of the 400 richest people in China. At the event, he explained his rationale for giving cash away.

Some people [say] that money is almost like human waste — you don’t come to this earth with it and you cannot carry it to your next life.”

 

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The incredible business card of the Chinese millionaire who wants to buy The New York Times

 

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Chen Guangbiao is an audacious man, and not just because he wants to buy the New York Times for $1 billion (or $2 billion or $3 billion).

One of China’s top 400 richest people, he was estimated to have a personal fortune of worth $740 million in 2012, but how he’s really made his name is by high-profile charity donations — something he brands “flashy philanthropy.”

One interesting insight into Chen’s mindset might be to look at his English-language business card, one of a number of promotional materials he gives out to U.S. journalists. We’re not sure quite how Chen got all those titles on the right, but it’s incredible anyway.

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Chinese millionaire claims to be “in talks” to buy the NY Times

 

File photo of Chen Guangbiao jumping on the roofs of cars he bought as presents to owners of Japanese cars damaged in anti-Japan protests. (AFP Photo)

First he handed out cash to victims of China‘s 2008 earthquake. Then he sold “canned fresh air” to residents of smog-ridden Beijing.

The colorful millionaire, Chen Guangbiao, claims he is in talks to buy the New York Times.

Guangbiao is best known for his outlandish displays of goodwill including when he handed out cash to victims of China’s 2008  earthquake and sold “canned fresh air”to residents of smog-ridden Beijing.

According to the Chinese wealth publisher the Huran Report, Chen’s estimated worth is $825 million. He built his fortune on the recycling company, Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilisation Group.

When asked to describe the talks in more detail, Guangbiao said, ”the negotiation is currently underway”.

However, the New York Times has denied that the newspaper is for sale. In August the publication released the following statement from New York Times Company chairman, Arthur Sulzberger, in reaction to the sale of the Washington Post to Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos.

After a week in which both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post were purchased by new owners, the publisher of The New York Times emphatically declared… that the publication was not for sale.”

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