10 Signs You're A Crazy Rich Asian
- Your family owns half of Hong KongYour family owns half of Hong Kong
- You're one of the city's most eligibleYou're one of the city's most eligible
- You went to a prestigious international school—and boarding schoolYou went to a prestigious international school—and boarding school
- You're a member of an elite private member's club—or two You're a member of an elite private member's club—or two
- Your wedding made international headlinesYour wedding made international headlines
- You own multiple Ferraris/Maseratis/Rolls-RoycesYou own multiple Ferraris/Maseratis/Rolls-Royces
- Your pet only wears designerYour pet only wears designer
- Your trips are epicYour trips are epic
- Your wardrobe is bigger than most Hong Kong apartmentsYour wardrobe is bigger than most Hong Kong apartments
- You attend more charity galas than you can countYou attend more charity galas than you can count
The air is thick—not just with Hong Kong's unbearable humidity—but with anticipation for the movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians," which comes out in Hong Kong on August 23. Featuring several honourable mentions of Hong Kong Tatler (or "Tattle" as it's called in the novel), there's no better authority to explain just what makes one worthy of being called a "Crazy Rich Asian":
Your family owns half of Hong Kong
There really is no money like old money, honey. If your family was instrumental in building Hong Kong or your grandfather is a shipping or property tycoon, then congratulations, you are a bonafide crazy rich Asian. Bonus points if your family regularly appears in Forbes.
You're one of the city's most eligible
Royals, scions, culture vultures, financiers, tastemakers, property magnates—if you've made a name for yourself in the city's social circuit as a prominent young man or woman, chances are any tiger mom would be glad to welcome you into their family.
You went to a prestigious international school—and boarding school
Perhaps you didn't realise it while you were playing dodgeball and reading The Barenstein Bears, but your breeding to enter the league of crazy rich Asians started much earlier than you think. Hong Kong's elite international schools—and the world's top boarding schools—are where you made not just lifelong friends, but invaluable connections as well.
You're a member of an elite private member's club—or two
You're not really one of the "who's who" in Hong Kong unless you're a member of a private club.
Members aren't fooling anyone if they say they're paying millions per year for access to a swimming pool and the occasional club sandwich—these ultra-exclusive institutions are the ultimate status symbol and the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the city's key players.
Your wedding made international headlines
When it comes to weddings, it's go big or go home. We're talking about custom couture gowns, taking over Italian islands and having guestlists of over 1,000 international VIPs—after all, having a no-expense-spared approach to your big day is the crazy rich Asian way.
You own multiple Ferraris/Maseratis/Rolls-Royces
Forget collecting stamps or matchboxes. If you've got the funds, why not flaunt it on an entire fleet of supercars?
According to Los Angeles-based jeweller David Lee, who has 30 supercars including 20 rare and vintage Ferraris, this is quite a sensible number. "By having 30 cars, I figure I can drive each of them at least once a month," he says. He's not wrong.
Your pet only wears designer
When it comes to the pets of crazy rich Asians, only the finest will do. Hermès scarves for bandanas, personalised Louis Vuitton carriers, diamond encrusted leashes and even posturepedic beds (we're serious) are just some of the luxuries enjoyed by these fancy four-legged friends.
See also: 30 Of Hong Kong’s Most Pampered Pets
Your trips are epic
Sure, a quick trip to Phuket or Tokyo is always fun—but when the world is literally your playground, the possibilites are endless. You can chase the northern lights in Iceland via private jet, tag rhinos while glamping in South Africa, or simply enjoy long lazy days at some of the world's most luxurious villas. Wherever or whatever it is, crazy rich Asians always make sure to travel in style.
Your wardrobe is bigger than most Hong Kong apartments
Perhaps you've got the most impressive collection of Birkins in town, an affinity for Chanel jackets (who doesn't?) or more shoes than all of the Kardashian-Jenners combined, but one thing is for sure—you don't compromise when it comes to wardrobe space.
You attend more charity galas than you can count
There are many perks to being a crazy rich Asian, but the best one—and the most rewarding—is being able to give back to the community and to causes we care about, whether it's providing education to children in need with the First Initiative Foundation, raising funds for Hong Kong Adventist Hospital’s Cancer Fund with Women of Hope or working towards a more sustainable future.