Billionaires watch World Cup match


  • Nation
  • Friday, 13 Jul 2018

Compiled by THO XIN YI and R. ARAVINTHAN 

CHINESE billionaires Jack Ma and Zhang Jindong were spotted at the World Cup semi-finals match between France and Belgium, Oriental Daily reported.

With a combined net worth of 300 billion yuan (RM180bil), the Alibaba chairman and Suning chairman were definitely the richest football fans in the stadium.

Meanwhile, the net worth of the footballers from both teams was €1.8bil (RM8.5bil). It was said to be the most “expensive” match.

> Residents in Chatswood in New South Wales, Australia, were up in arms when Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang, who was facing sexual assault charges in Australia, moved into the neighbourhood, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Gao was out on bail and was joined by his wife Dong Xuan and daughter in Australia.

The monthly rental for the house, which is located in a Chinese-majority posh neighbourhood, is said to cost A$6,000 (RM17,900). Some neighbours were upset that an alleged sexual offender was now living in their midst.

The alleged offence happened at a hotel in Sydney in March.

> Creative designer Tintoy Chuo has made a Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wayang kulit puppet to celebrate Dr Mahathir’s 93rd birthday, China Press reported.

The puppet showed the Prime Minister in his signature grey suit and Bata sandals.

Chuo, who is the founder of Fusion Wayang Kulit, said he experienced difficulties in creating the puppet as wayang kulit characters usually have detailed patterns but Dr Mahathir’s suit was too simple.

“In the end I added in just enough elements to make him look ‘wayang kulit’ yet maintaining the slick minimalism look,” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item. 

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