Actress breaks up with son of Hong Kong’s richest man over his female popularity

By Nam Phuong   January 22, 2024 | 07:22 am PT
Hong Kong actress Isabella Leong has revealed that her decision to part ways with Richard Li, the son of Hong Kong’s wealthiest individual Li Ka-shing, was due to his popularity among women.

"He was so popular with women, and I couldn’t accept that. I wanted to live with confidence," Dimsum Daily quoted her as saying.

Actress Isabella Leong. Photo from Leongs Instagram

Actress Isabella Leong. Photo from Leong's Instagram

Despite the difficulty in moving past the breakup, Leong underscored that they maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship. "We get along well for the sake of our children," she said.

Reflecting on her past with billionaire Richard Li during an appearance on the Chinese talk show "A Date With Luyu," the 35-year-old actress expressed no regrets about her choices.

"If I had to choose again, I'd still make the same choice. I really did long for a family of my own," she told The Star.

Of Portuguese and Chinese descent, Leong began her career in entertainment aged 12 as a model. She gained widespread recognition for her role in the 2008 movie "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

She met Li in 2008 and the two parted ways in 2011.

Richard Li, 58, is the second son of Li Ka-shing. He currently serves as chairman of PCCW Limited, Hong Kong’s largest telecom company.

As of 2023, Forbes ranked Richard Li as the 20th richest person in Hong Kong, with a net worth of US$4.9 billion.

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