Chinese business tycoon and multi-millionaire, Chen Guangbiao is visiting the U.S. nowadays, and he wants the world to know it. Chen, who has been in the past known for his extremely philanthropic publicity stunts in China, is doing the same in the U.S. this time round. According to the Fox News, in his latest stunt, Guangbiao invited over 250 homeless people from around New York City for a free luncheon. Guangbiao, who was a day earlier seen handing out $100 bills to people on the streets of New York, sang “We Are The World” to residents and members of the Rescue Mission Shelter as people gathered around to watch it all unfold. The venue for the much publicized luncheon was The Loeb Central Park Boat House restaurant, famous for being featured in movies like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sex and the city”
According to Guangbiao, his efforts at this extreme philanthropy is in response to a clichéd image that people in the U.S. have of rich businessmen in China. He says that unlike what is shown in the media, there are good-hearted Chinese businessmen who are simply not cruel and oblivious to the sufferings of the poor.
Before embarking on the free luncheon, Chen had placed advertisements in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal to make readers aware of the event. In the ads, Chen Guangbiao, invited “poor and destitute Americans” to lunch in the park, reports the Buenos Aires Herald.
As for the menu, it consisted of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with creme fraiche. In the advertisements, he also offered $300 to each guest at the end of the luncheon. It is yet to be confirmed if the guests did indeed get the promised money.
Like we mentioned earlier, Chen Guangbiao is known for his eccentricities since quite some time now. In the past, he was in the news when he famously tried to auction a jar of fresh air in Beijing for $860. This was in response to the extreme levels of pollution China witnessed earlier this summer. He also distributed free oxygen tanks to people around the city at around the same time.
More recently, Chen was in the news after he brought two Chinese women to the U.S. to offer them treatment for severe burns they had suffered from. The women had attempted self-immolation during a protest at China’s Tiananmen Square back in 2001. He had also expressed his interest to buy The New York Times – an offer which the paper’s current owners politely declined.
The 46-year-old Chen Guangbiao made most of his money from his recycling business. Do you think he genuinely wants to help the people or is it simply yet another publicity stunt?
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