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10 Signs You're A Crazy Rich Asian

10 Signs You're A Crazy Rich Asian
By Hong Kong Tatler
July 31, 2018
The air is thick—not just with Hong Kong's unbearable humidity—but with anticipation for the movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians," which comes out in Hong Kong on August 23. Featuring several honourable mentions of Hong Kong Tatler (or "Tattle" as it's called in the novel), there's no better authority to explain just what makes one worthy of being called a "Crazy Rich Asian":

1/10Your family owns half of Hong Kong 

Photo: Hello Hong Kong
Photo: Hello Hong Kong

There really is no money like old money, honey. If your family was instrumental in building Hong Kong or your grandfather is a shipping or property tycoon, then congratulations, you are a bonafide crazy rich Asian. Bonus points if your family regularly appears in Forbes.

See also: 9 Hong Kong Families On Forbes Asia's Richest Families List 2017

2/10You’re one of the city’s most eligible

Photo: Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Hong Kong Tatler

Royals, scions, culture vultures, financiers, tastemakers, property magnates—if you've made a name for yourself in the city's social circuit as a prominent young man or woman, chances are any tiger mom would be glad to welcome you into their family. 

See also: Hong Kong's Most Eligible Bachelors Of 2018 and Hong Kong's Most Eligible Ladies

3/10You went to a prestigious international school—and boarding school

Photo: Unsplash
Photo: Unsplash

Perhaps you didn't realise it while you were playing dodgeball and reading The Barenstein Bears, but your breeding to enter the league of crazy rich Asians started much earlier than you think. Hong Kong's elite international schools—and the world's top boarding schools—are where you made not just lifelong friends, but invaluable connections as well. 

See also: 6 Tatler Listers Share Their Best Memories From Boarding School

4/10You're a member of an elite private member's club—or two 

Photo: Courtesy of Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club
Photo: Courtesy of Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club

You're not really one of the "who's who" in Hong Kong unless you're a member of a private club.

Members aren't fooling anyone if they say they're paying millions per year for access to a swimming pool and the occasional club sandwich—these ultra-exclusive institutions are the ultimate status symbol and the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the city's key players. 

See also: 10 Of The Most Exclusive Private Members' Clubs In Hong Kong

5/10Your wedding made international headlines

Photo: Courtesy of Feiping Chang
Photo: Courtesy of Feiping Chang

When it comes to weddings, it's go big or go home. We're talking about custom couture gowns, taking over Italian islands and having guestlists of over 1,000 international VIPs—after all, having a no-expense-spared approach to your big day is the crazy rich Asian way. 

See also: 6 Luxurious Real Weddings To Inspire Your Big Day Plans

6/10You own multiple Ferraris/Maseratis/Rolls-Royces

Photo: Courtesy of Carson Chan
Photo: Courtesy of Carson Chan

Forget collecting stamps or matchboxes. If you've got the funds, why not flaunt it on an entire fleet of supercars?

According to Los Angeles-based jeweller David Lee, who has 30 supercars including 20 rare and vintage Ferraris, this is quite a sensible number. "By having 30 cars, I figure I can drive each of them at least once a month," he says. He's not wrong. 

See also: Inside David Lee's US$50 Million Ferrari Collection

7/10Your pet only wears designer

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Chung
Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Chung

When it comes to the pets of crazy rich Asians, only the finest will do. Hermès scarves for bandanas, personalised Louis Vuitton carriers, diamond encrusted leashes and even posturepedic beds (wer'e serious) are just some of the luxuries enjoyed by these fancy four-legged friends. 

See also: 30 Of Hong Kong’s Most Pampered Pets

8/10Your trips are epic

Photo: Courtesy of Ivan Pun
Photo: Courtesy of Ivan Pun

Sure, a quick trip to Phuket or Tokyo is always fun—but when the world is literally your playground, the possibilites are endless. You can chase the northern lights in Iceland via private jet, tag rhinos while glamping in South Africa, or simply enjoy long lazy days at some of the world's most luxurious villas. Wherever or whatever it is, crazy rich Asians always make sure to travel in style. 

See also: 5 Incredible Trip Ideas For Adventure Seekers

9/10Your wardrobe is bigger than most Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler

Perhaps you've got the most impressive collection of Birkins in town, an affinity for Chanel jackets (who doesn't?) or more shoes than all of the Kardashian-Jenners combined, but one thing is for sure—you don't compromise when it comes to wardrobe space. 

See also: Video: Go Inside Hong Kong's Most Fabulous Wardrobes

10/10You attend more charity galas than you can count

Photo: Courtesy of Women of Hope
Photo: Courtesy of Women of Hope

There are many perks to being a crazy rich Asian, but the best one—and the most rewarding—is being able to give back to the community and to causes we care about, whether it's providing education to children in need with the First Initiative Foundation, raising funds for Hong Kong Adventist Hospital’s Cancer Fund with Women of Hope or working towards a more sustainable future.

See also: Giving Back: Top 5 Philanthropists In Hong Kong

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