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Chan stunned by lover's will

THE man who claims to have been the lover of Asia's richest woman said yesterday that he was stunned when she supposedly left her multibillion-dollar fortune to him.

The will, which he insists is not a forgery, is at the center of a high-profile court battle over the estate of one of Hong Kong's most colorful personalities, businesswoman Nina Wang, who died at age 69 of cancer in 2007. Tony Chan, a 49-year-old feng shui adviser, says he and Wang were lovers and she left her money to him out of genuine affection in a 2006 will.

But a foundation set up by Wang and her late husband claims her estate under a competing will dated 2002.

In a testy exchange in court, 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," Chan said. "You're wrongly accusing me." The inheritance left him stunned, Chan said. "I never thought she would do that. She really loved me very deeply."

In the years before her death, Wang gave Chan a total of HK$2.06 billion (US$266 million) in 2005 and 2006.

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


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