Above: Rebecca Zhu seated with TVB Chairman Charles Chan at a dinner last year.
Although former Miss Hong Kong Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) is gaining greater opportunities at TVB, her salary remains at $15,000 HKD per month. However, Rebecca leads an extravagant lifestyle that cannot be afforded with her meager salary. It is understood that Rebecca has a powerful boyfriend with immense wealth who gifted her with a $7 million HKD luxury condo.
In December, Rebecca purchased a two-bedroom unit at The Parkside in Tseung Kwan O, and paid for the remaining balance in full in April. However, Rebecca’s primary residence is a serviced apartment in Admiralty, with a monthly rent of $150,000. She is also simultaneously renting a three-bedroom unit in Tseung Kwan O, so her family will have a home to stay when they visit from Suzhou.
Earlier, Rebecca was seen returning to Hong Kong after a seven-day trip in Europe with her boyfriend. Flying first-class, she was seen sporting a Hermes bag and Rimowa luggage set. She also possesses a seven-seater van and a chauffeur.
TVB Chairman’s Admiration
Rebecca’s wealth is speculated to be tied to TVB Chairman Charles Chan‘s (陳國強) admiration. Although Rebecca only played a minor role in Triumph in the Skies II <衝上雲霄 II), she was seated with Charles at the celebration banquet. The two constantly chatted and Chan did not take his eyes off her through the night.
Around this time, Rebecca’s luck in the entertainment industry also began to change, as she was given more prominent roles. She starred in From Vegas to Macau 2 <賭城風雲> with Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) last year. In May, Rebecca will collaborate with Roger Kwok (郭晋安) in a new ancient drama.
An insider revealed, “The chairman favors Rebecca, so upper management know what to do. Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), and Sandy Yue (余詠珊) all dote on Rebecca. The roles prepared for Rebecca have adequate screen time, but will also not require her to film from morning to night. Rebecca has a consistent workload, but also has adequate time to rest and date.”
The exposure of Rebecca’s sudden wealth also led to speculations that her relationship with singer Don Li (李逸朗) is only a red herring. Rebecca was spotted entering Don’s apartment in April and admitted that they are close friends. When prompted about Rebecca’s new lifestyle, Don said, “Maybe she saved a lot of money.” He added, “I’m very poor and my attitude towards money is vague. However, friendship is not based on whether people are rich or not.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.