She lost her man, but at least she got the money.
Not a bad deal for former beauty queen and singer Cally Kwong Mei-wan, who sold a four-bedroom apartment she had acquired from her former boyfriend, Henderson Land sales manager Thomas Lam Tat-man.
Kwong sold the 940 square foot flat in Double Cove for HK$13.3 million, or about HK$14,600 per square foot, a record price for a unit at phase one of the Wu Kai Sha project in Ma On Shan.
Kwong, who was runner-up in the 1982 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, bought the unit from Lam for HK$11 million when Double Cove was launched three years ago.
A romance blossomed between the two, but it did not work out well. They broke up early this year.
Kwong then decided to sell their love nest, and collected what amounted to a break-up fee of HK$2 million.
Henderson Land has just launched 50 units at the fourth phase of the project called Grandview.
Kwong, now 52, confirmed to Ming Pao Daily that she had sold her Double Cove flat, although she was unaware of the new flat sales.
An SMS reply she sent from Paris reads: “Hong Kong is after all a lucky place because it is free from natural disasters, earthquakes and nuclear explosions. Buying property in those affected areas is dangerous.”
Wu Kai Sha is a picturesque and relaxing town that is well known for its summer camps.
But despite the convenience of the East Rail extension, it takes over an hour to travel from Wu Kai Sha to urban centers such as Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
She said she would use the sales proceeds to invest in her jewelry business. You see, Kwong has become an expert in the field.
A Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council member for Jiangxi, Kwong has been a jeweler for some of Hong Kong’s top tycoons including New World Development’s Cheng Yu-tung and Macau casino king Stanley Ho Hung-sun.
Although having no love interest at the moment, Kwong still makes it to society pages in the company of her pet dog Cash, whom she treats like her own son, feeding the Bichon Frise with foie gras and abalone.
One thing’s for sure, she’s got Cash and more cash.
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