Feng shui guru loses appeal over Nina Wang's billions
The latest episode in a four-year battle over a €3bn inheritance saw Tony Chan, the feng shui guru who romanced one of Hong Kong's richest women, lose his appeal to claim her wealth.
Mr Chan, 52, is fighting the family of Nina Wang, known in Hong Kong as "Little Sweetie" on account of her eccentric and cartoonish dress sense, for her fortune.
Mr Chan told the court Mrs Wang, 23 years his elder, had left him her money after a torrid love affair. To support his claim, he aired a video in court in which he called Mrs Wang "Piggy" and himself as "Daddy Piggy".
Mr Chan's case rested on a will dating from 2006, signing over the estate to him, which purported to overturn a will from 2002 that left Mrs Wang's money to her Chinachem charitable foundation.
The will had already been declared a forgery by the Court of First Instance, which threw out Mr Chan's case and triggered a criminal investigation a year ago.
The Appeal court took a similarly dim view. Mr Chan "persisted in pursuing a thoroughly dishonest case," ruled Anthony Rogers, vice-president of the Appeal court. "In doing so he has abused the process of the court," he added.
Outside the court, Dr Kung Yan-sum, Mrs Wang's brother, said the ruling showed "there is fairness and justice in society." Through a spokesman, Mr Chan said he was "deeply disappointed" and intended to take his case to the Court of Final Appeal.
Mrs Wang, who became obsessed by the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui after her husband's death, died of cancer in April 2007 at the age of 69.