Bling Empire: The Cast of Netflix’s New Reality Show and Their Instagram Accounts
Meet the wealthy Asian Americans in Bling Empire, the newest Netflix reality show that features the real Crazy Rich Asians
What is Singaporean Kane Lim's job? Is Kim Lee really a DJ? Why does Christine Chiu look so familiar? The cast members of Netflix's new reality show Bling Empire, released on January 15, is part Crazy Rich Asians and part Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
The reality show centres on the lives of four wealthy Asian-Americans living in Los Angeles. Follow the extravagant shopping spree, affluent lifestyle and lavish parties of fashion influencers, heiresses and millionaires. As a foil against this bunch of ultra-rich is Kevin Kreider, who—well—isn't rich and would never pay over a thousand dollars for a pair of Dior sneakers, but his new friend Anna Shay will.
Follow the lives of queen bees Anna Shay and Christine Chiu, alongside scions Kane Lim, Kim Lee, Jaime Xie and Cherie Chan and entrepreneur Kelly Mi Li. Here's what we know about the cast of Bling Empire.
Kane Lim is the son of a Singaporean billionaire with a serious appetite for fashion. Photos of extravagant clothes, shoes and watches flood his Instagram feed. Lim isn’t in on his father’s shipping business, instead, he launched his own luxury fashion brand at the age of 17, with a little help from his father. By the time he hit 20, he was already a millionaire.
Besides being one of the four ultra-rich to grace Bling Empire, Lim is alsoa real estate developer, investor and philanthropist. His flamboyant style earns him a spot as one of the up-and-coming stylish figures to watch.
Jaime Xie is a former competitive equestrian and on her way to becoming a fashion icon. The daughter of Ken Xie, a Beijing-born tech billionaire, Jaime's early days were far from fashion, but instead, were surrounded by technology given her father's business. She later discovered a love for fashion, and now, definitely lives the heiress fashionista lifestyle, seen to be sporting labels like Chanel and Dior all over her Instagram feed.
But her transition from horses to haute couture doesn't stop there. The luxury tastemaker has a few business ideas in mind, from building her own show brand to opening up an organic cafe. If all her fashion glitz and bling aren't enough to impress, Xie has a list of impressive friends including Steve Job's daughter, Eve Jobs.
Christine Alexandra Chiu
If Christine Chiu looks familiar, it may be because she was formerly a cast member on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. A true Beverly Hills native, Chiu's lifestyle and wardrobe exude all the glamour and wealth you could ever imagine.
Married to a plastic surgeon, Dr Gabriel Chiu for 14 years and counting, the pair opened Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc. together in 2008, the same year when the couple tied the knot. While Dr Chiu performs the day-to-day surgeries, Chiu acts as the managing director of the clinic and also juggles other duties as a mother of Baby G, a philanthropist and as a board member of non-profit organisations. Fun fact: The couple owns two pet llamas. Rescues, of course.
33-year-old Kevin Kreider was adopted from Seoul at the age of three into a German-Irish family in Philadelphia. With chiselled abs and cheekbones so sharp that they can cut diamonds, Kreider is passionate about changing how Asian men are perceived in the media, even starring in a documentary called The Ugly Model.
Currently working as a fitness model and activist, the seemingly perfect model first got into fitness to build self-esteem and confidence. What we love: his adoringly close relationship with his adoptive mother.
Kim Lee is a Los Angeles native and one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the business. Upon graduating, she started touring the world, from the US to Asia, with the encouragement of Apl De Ap of Black Eyed Peas and is well on her way to becoming one of the biggest’s DJs in the industry. Lee has toured with a number of chart-topping musicians from Steve Aoki, Diplo and Cardi B.
Flaunting her curves and bombshell charisma, it’s no surprise that Lee has appeared in many magazines such as Maxim, GQ and Esquire—she was also named FHM’s ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’ in 2011.
This socialite is the daughter of late billionaire Edward Shay and Japanese-American, Ai-San. The company her father founded, Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), did some top-secret work for the United Nations and US government. Later, Shay and her brother sold her father’s company in an all-cash, US$1.2 billion deal. The result is a life of private jets, high-end clothes and jewellery and mansion parties.
Shay is the owner of an iconic Sunset Boulevard mansion in Beverly Hills, and putting the legendary house (it's been said that Shirley Temple lived there as a child, and later it was owned by Italian mobster Tony Milano) on the market with a price tag of US$16 million.
Kelly Mi Li
While not a celebrity, Kelly Mi Li has been in the social media scene since 2012, slowly building her following. Living in Los Angeles, she started producing TV shows and movies and appearing as herself in Bling Empire. The influencer and producer started the show with a tumultuous relationship with Andrew Gray (who also appears in the reality show), the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Megaforce—you'll have to watch the show to find out what happens.
A devoted mother and a denim empire heiress, Cherie Chan appears on the show pregnant. Her boyfriend Jessey Lee, who owns a furniture empire is also on the show. Breaking traditional Chinese norms, the couple raises two children together despite not being married.
Previously signed with Sony Music Japan to become a pop star, Cherie gave up her dreams when her mother disapproved, focusing all her energy on her relationship, family and starting her organic tequila brand, Religion Tequila with Jessey.
Guy Tang is Los Angeles’ treasured celebrity hairstylist. A hairstylist turned YouTube star and music artist, Guy has long been in the social media spotlight before Bling Empire even started. With celebrity clients such as Mariah Carey, Guy has earned a reputation for being the best of the best and is a trusted contact on the show.