Sparing no expense to protect his family from the media’s prying eyes, Andy Lau (刘德华) was rumored to have splurged HKD116 million on a luxury mansion as a gift for his daughter, and even acquired a private jet so his wife could enjoy uninterrupted peace every time she flew back to Malaysia!
Strict on Himself but Splurges on Family?
Despite his fame and high recognisability, the veteran actor and megastar was spotted riding on public transport several times without the presence of bodyguards, and once on a flight to Malaysia with his wife and daughter. Known for being fiercely protective of his private life, he kept his underground romance with Malaysian-born former beauty queen Carol Chu (朱丽倩) under wraps for twenty-four years. Their secret marriage registration was revealed in 2009, and the pair welcomed “dragon daughter” Hanna (刘向惠) in 2012, following successful in-vitro fertilization treatment.
Becoming a father at the late age of 50, Andy continued to shield his family from inevitable media glare that came with his celebrity.
When Hanna turned four, the doting father, who recently admitted to spoiling his daughter was rumored to have moved the family out of their original mansion into a Kadoorie Hill luxury residence – one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious addresses, hiring 4 bodyguards and 3 nannies exclusively for his wife and daughter’s daily needs. To stop the paparazzi from getting wind of Carol’s yearly trips back to her hometown in Penang, Malaysia, he is said to have spent a reported RM100 million on a private jet!
Personally Attends to Hanna’s Educational Needs
To ensure she receives only the best education from young, Andy personally picked out Hanna’s preschool to provide her with conducive learning environment. However, when the location of the originally chosen preschool was exposed by the media, Andy went to lengths to repick another preschool.
In December 2022, the veteran actor was spotted by netizens making a low-profile visit to Hanna’s school on a day that the 11-year-old was due to perform on. Eagle-eyed netizens figured from photos shared that Hanna was enrolled in Victoria Shanghai Academy, a renowned international school in Hong Kong, which charges exorbitant fees of over 140,000 HKD for its primary years programme and 160,000 HKD for middle years programme. In addition, parents either pay for a debenture certificate to be guaranteed a slot, or fork out 60,000 HKD for school development.