Chow Yun-fat Net Worth

Chow Yun-fat Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Chow Yun-Fat net worth is
$100 million

Chow Yun-Fat Wiki Biography

Chow Yun-Fat is an actor born on 8th May 1955, in Lamma Island, (then British) Hong Kong. Throughout Asia, he is mostly known for his co-operation with director John Woo and his heroic bloodshed films such as “A Better Tomorrow”, “Hard Boiled” and “The Killer”, and in the west he is recognized for his roles in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. Among other achievements, he has won two Taiwanese Golden Horse Awards for Best Actor, and three Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor too.

Have you ever wondered how rich Chow Yun-Fat is? According to sources it has been estimated that Yun-Fat’s overall net worth is obver $100 million, accumulated thanks to a lucrative acting career, which he started back in the mid-‘70s. He has appeared in numerous films and TV series, and since he is still active in the entertainment industry, his net worth continues to grow.

Chow Yun- Fat Net Worth $100 Million

Chow was born into a poor family, and lived with his parents in a farming community in a house with no electricity, helpingd his mother with farming and selling on the streets. When he was seventeen, he had to leave school so he could support his family by doing various jobs, including working as a bellboy, postman and taxi driver. However, some years later, Yun-Fat replied to a newspaper advertisement and started his actor-trainee work at the local television station, then signing a three-year contract with the studio, and soon making his acting debut, appearing in soap operas which were exported world wide. One of his first appearances was in the 1980 TV series “The Bund” which dealt with the rise and fall of a 1930s Shanghai gangster, and it didn’t take long before he was recognized as a household name in Hong Kong. Despite continuing his acting success on television, Chow wanted to become a big-screen actor. Finally, his dream came true when he teamed up with filmmaker John Woo and appeared in the action-melodrama film “A Better Tomorrow”(1986); the film turned out to be a great success and established both Chow and Woo as superstars, as it brought him his first Best Actor award. His net worth was certainly well established.

After this, many more heroic films followed, next in “A Better Tomorrow 2”(1987), then successively “Prisons on Fire”, the sequel “Prisons on Fire 2”, “The Killer”(1989), “Hard Boiled”(1992) and many others. Yun-Fat also starred in comedies such as “Diary of a Big Man”(1988) and “Now You See Love, Now You Don’t”(1992), but also in romantic blockbusters like “Love in a Fallen City”(1984) and “An Autumn’s Tale”(1987), which earned him a Best Actor Award at the Golden Horse Awards. His net worth was rising steadily.

In the mid-‘90s, Chow decided to move to Hollywood in pursuit of international fame. Although his first two films weren’t successful, Chow eventually got the role of Li Mu-Bai in the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”(2000) which became a winner at both the Oscars and the international box office. This established Chow’s career in the West and brought him other roles, including in “Bulletproof Monk”(2003), “Curse of the Golden Flower”(2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”(2007) among many others. Some of his most recent ventures include acting in “From Vegas to Macau” in 2014, and reprising his role in its sequel a year later. Chow is considered to be the second-highest earning actor in Hong Kong.

When it comes to his private life, Yun-Fat has married twice, firstly to Candice Yu, an Asian actress, but the two split after nine months. In 1986 he remarried, this time to Jasmine Tan; the couple doesn’t have any children, although Chow has a goddaughter, Celine Ng, a former child model for various companies.

Full NameChung Mong-joon
Net Worth$100 million
Date Of BirthMay 18, 1955
DiedJanuary 20, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan
Place Of BirthLamma Island, Hong Kong
Height1.83 m
ProfessionActor, Screenwriter
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Seoul National University, MIT Sloan School of Management, George Washington University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Liverpool, National Cheng Kung University
NationalityAmerican, Hong Kong
SpouseJasmine Tan (m. 1987), Candice Yu (m. 1983–1983)
ChildrenChung Seon-i, Chung Nam-i, Chung Ye-seon, Chung gi-seon, Chung Hae-chan, Chung Hae-in, Chang Kuo-wei, Chang Shu-hua
ParentsRongyun Zhou, Lifang Chen
SiblingsChung Mong-koo, Chung Mong-hun, Chung Mong-yoon, Chung Mong-woo, Chung Mong-kun, Chung Mong-il, Chung Kyung-hee, Tung Chee-hwa, Tung Siu-ping, Tung Yi-ping, Tung Chee Ping, Chung Yoo-kyung
AwardsHong Kong Film Award for Best Actor, Asian Films People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor
NominationsHong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song, Asian Film Award for Best Actor
MoviesGod of Gamblers, From Vegas to Macau, A Better Tomorrow, The Last Tycoon, From Vegas to Macau II, From Vegas to Macau III, Once a Thief, Cold War 2, Curse of the Golden Flower, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Monkey King, Anna and the King, The Killer, Hard Boiled, Bulletproof Monk, Tragic Hero,...
TV ShowsThe Bund, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, more
1The action superstar can be seen in most of his movies with twin guns (usually two Beretta 92s) and dark shades during a gunfight.
2Chow often is seen with a trademark toothpick in his mouth, particularly in his films with John Woo.
1[on his Mandarin pronunciation in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)] It's awful. The first day I had to do 28 takes simply because of the language problem. That's never happened before in my life. It put me under a lot of pressure. There was a lot of dialogue in this film, more than I've ever had to speak before. It was like speaking Shakespeare.
2Working in front of the camera keeps me alive. I couldn't care less about actors' trailers and food on sets and stuff like that - I just want to act.
3As an actor we're just like workers in a factory, we provide our services to directors. But I must do my job perfectly, and I love what I do.
4If I can associate with the people very, very gently very, very friendly every day I'm happpy. If I don't pay them respect I feel terrible inside" - From an interview with Chow Yun-Fat in the Documentary Chow Yun-Fat goes Hollywood
5In the West audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero.
1Made a surprise cameo in the hit Chinese independent film Waiting Alone (2004).
2Enjoys photography. His elder sister also is a photographer.
3Attempted suicide over the break-up after 5-year (1978-1983) romance with popular TV star Idy Chan.
4After a first unsuccessful marriage with a fellow Hong Kong star actress, he fell in love and re-married the daughter of one of the richest Chinese dynastic scions from Singapore.
5He and Andy Lau made 4 movies together: Ying hung ho hon (1987), Gong woo ching (1987), Dou san (1989), and Dou hap (1991). They also made two TV-series together: Yang ka cheung (1986) and Sou hat yi (1982).
6He helped Andy Lau in his movie career, after it almost crashed when he refused to sign a contract with TVB, which made him blacklisted from Hong Kong Television.
7Credited as Chow Anderson in the Philippines in his earlier films.
8Tri-lingual, speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
9Unusually tall by Chinese standards, he was often a head taller than his co-stars in his Hong Kong films, female or male.
10Sponsors a lot of charity events such as "National Wildlife" and many others.
11Before going to work on a movie each day, he goes to the nearest market and buys some fresh fruit.
12Chosen one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
13Turned down the role of Morpheus in The Matrix (1999).
14CineAsia, the Asian Theatre Owners Convention, named Chow the Star of the Decade.
15Chow Yun-Fat was born of the Hakkha (aka Ha Ka) race, an ethnic group from China that has moved from one region to another without taking up permanent residence since the ancient times. The Hakkha dialect is now the second most popular dialect in Taiwan.
16Won Asian Pacific Festival "Best Actor" Award for Hong Kong 1941, 1985.
17Won Taiwan Golden Horse "Best Actor" Awards Two Times: Hong Kong 1941, 1985. An Autumn's Tale, 1987.
18Won Hong Kong Academy "Best Actor" Awards Three Times: A Better Tomorrow, 1987. City On Fire, 1988, All About Ah Long, 1990.


The Monkey King: The Legend Begins2016Jade Emperor
Cold War II2016Oswald Kan
From Vegas to Macau III2016Ken Shek / Ko Chun
Office2015Ho Chung Ping
Du cheng feng yun II2015Ken / Ko Chun
The Man from Macau2014Ken / Ko Chun
Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong2014Jade Emperor
Da Shang Hai2012Cheng Daiqi
Tong que tai2012Cao Cao
Jian dang wei ye2011Yuan Shikai
Rang zi dan fei2010Master Huang
Shanghai2010Anthony Lan-Ting (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Kong Zi2010Confucius
Dragonball: Evolution2009Roshi
The Children of Huang Shi2008Jack (Chen Hansheng)
Stranglehold2007Video GameInspector 'Tequila' Yuen (voice)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End2007Captain Sao Feng (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia2006Emperor Ping
Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo2006Pan Zhichang
Waiting Alone2004Chow Yun-Fat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2003Video GameLi Mu Bai
Bulletproof Monk2003Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon2000Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Anna and the King1999King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
The Corruptor1999Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
The Replacement Killers1998John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
He ping fan dian1995The Killer (as Chow Yun Fat)
Hua qi Shao Lin1994Chang Cheng
Full Contact1992Gou Fei (as Chow Yun Fat)
Hard Boiled1992Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
Now You See It, Now You Don't1992Ng Shan-shui (as Chow Yun Fat)
Prison on Fire II1991Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat)
Zong heng si hai1991Red Bean Puddin - Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
Gat seng gung ziu1990Lam Bo Sun / Mr. Stink (as Chow Yun Fat)
A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon1989Mark Gor (as Chow Yun Fat)
Triads: The Inside Story1989Li Man-Ho (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ban wo chuang tian ya1989Lau Chung Pong / 'Mew-Mew' (as Chow Yun Fat)
The Killer1989Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ah Long dik goo si1989Ah-Long Yeung (as Chow Yun Fatt)
Yu Ta-fu chuan ji1988Yu Da Fa as adult (as Chow Yun Fat)
City War1988Officer Dick Lee Chiu (as Chow Yun Fatt)
Zai jian ying xiong1988Hung (as Chow Yun Fat)
Gong zi duo qing1988Locomotive (as Chow Yun Fat)
The Diary of a Big Man1988Chow Chen-fat (as Chow Yun Fat)
Fractured Follies1988Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
Tiger on Beat1988Sgt. Francis Li (as Chow Yun Fat)
Baat seng bou hei1988'Handsome' Long (as Chow Yun Fat)
Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er1988Wong Yat Fat
Gam yuk fung wan198741671 / Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat)
Spiritual Love1987Double Circle Pu (as Chow Yun Fat)
Flaming Brothers1987Chang Ho-Tien (as Chow Yun Fat)
Chou tin dik tong wah1987Samuel Pang (as Chow Yun Fat)
The Romancing Star1987Wong Yat Fat (as Chow Yun Fat)
Gong woo ching1987Li Ah Chai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Xiao sheng meng jing hun1987Inspector Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
City on Fire1987Ko Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ying hung ho hon1987Li Ah Chai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Yi ben wu yan1987Hui (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ni qing wo yuan1986as Chow Yun Fat
Yi gai yun tian1986Ho Ting-Bon (as Chow Yun Fat)
The Seventh Curse1986Wei (as Chow Yun Fat)
Dei ha ching1986Detective Lan (as Chow Yun Fat)
A Better Tomorrow1986Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
100 Ways to Murder Your Wife1986Football Fat (as Chow Yun Fat)
Din lo jing juen1986Chung (as Chow Yun Fat)
Chu yi shi wu1986Peter (as Chow Yun Fat)
Dream Lovers1986Song Yu (as Chow Yun Fat)
Witch from Nepal1986Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
Yang ka cheung1986TV SeriesLui Dong-bun
Mei gui di gu shi1985Charles Wong / Ga-Ming (as Chow Yun Fat)
San jaat si hing - juk jaap1985TV SeriesGing Shing (as Chow Yun Fat)
Why Me?1985Mr. Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Nu ren xin1985Derek Sun (as Chow Yun Fat)
Dai heung kong1985TV SeriesLok Ching Hing (as Chow Yun Fat)
The Occupant1984Valentino Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Dang doi lai ming1984Yip Kim Fay (as Chow Yun Fat)
Qing cheng zhi lian1984Fan Liu-Yuan (as Chow Yun Fat)
Siu mo kong wu1984TV SeriesLingwu Chung
Shang Hai tan1983TV SeriesHui Man-keung (as Chow Yun Fat)
Last Affair1983Kwong-Ping (as Chow Yun Fat)
But dou san hung1983TV Series
Xue han jin qian1983Bullet (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Shang Hai tan xu ji1983TV Movie as Chow Yun Fat
Bo yum yan1983TV SeriesWai Yip-Cheung
Fo fung wong1982TV SeriesNgai Chun (as Chow Yun Fat)
Sou hat yi1982TV SeriesBeggar So (as Chow Yun Fat)
Xun cheng ma1982Fu Jun (as Chow Yun Fat)
Lie tou1982Nguyen Dich (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ai yu kuang chao1982Ko Ming-Chung (as Chow Yun Fat)
God of Killers1981Wu Yuet (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Chin wong kwun ying wui1981TV SeriesLung
Zhi fa zhe1981as Chow Yun Fat
Shi ba1980Git (as Chow Yun Fat)
Hard Boiled Killers1980Chu Ka-Wah (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Meng nu da zei sha zhen tan1980
Ban ye1980Jen Lung (as Chow Yun Fat)
Mong chung yan1979TV SeriesChing Wai
Jing wang shuang xiong1978Ng To (as Chow Yun Fat)
Keung yan1978TV Series as Chow Yun Fat
'O' nu1978Kuan Yen-Ping (as Chow Yun Fat)
Ru ce1977as Chow Yun Fat
Ga bin1977TV Series
Chuang shang de gu shi1977
Saat sau qi shi er siu si1976TV SeriesLeui Gong (as Chow Yun Fat)
Lao jia xie pai gu ye zi1976as Chow Yun Fat
Chi nu1976as Chow Yun Fat
Xin Su xiao mei san nan xin lang1976as Chow Yun Fat
Tou tai ren1976as Chow Yun Fat


He ping fan dian1995story
Ah Long dik goo si1989story - as Chow Yun Fatt


Hard Boiled1992performer: "Hello"


Waiting Alone2004special thanks
StarCraft1998Video Game thanks - as Chow Yun Fat
Diablo1996Video Game thanks
Reservoir Dogs1992dedicatee - as Chow Yuen Fat


Kai Jiang La2014TV SeriesHimself
The World of Chow Yun-Fan2007Video documentaryHimself
Bloopers of the Caribbean2007Video shortHimself / Captain Sao Feng (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood2001Video documentary shortHimself (as Chow Yun-Fat)
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects (as Chow Yun-Fat)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself (as Chow Yun-Fat)
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing (as Chow Yun-Fat)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-1999TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look1998-1999TV Series documentary shortHimself
From the (Under)Ground Up: The Making of 'The Corruptor'1999Video documentaryHimself (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Ôsama no buranchi1998TV SeriesHimself
Where the Action Is1998TV MovieHimself
Eastern Heroes: The Video Magazine - Volume 21996VideoHimself (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Cinema of Vengeance1994DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Cheng feng po lang2017
Rémy Julienne: 50 ans de cascades2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesMaster Roshi
American Masters2009TV Series documentary
Planet Voice2007TV SeriesCaptain Sao Feng
Who Do You Think You're Fooling?1994Short documentaryChow / Mr. Orange (as Chow Yun-Fat)

Won Awards

2011People's Choice AwardAsian Film AwardsFavorite ActorRang zi dan fei (2010)
2011Huabiao Film AwardHuabiao Film AwardsOutstanding Abroad ActorKong Zi (2010)
1999Career AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society Awards
1990Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorAh Long dik goo si (1989)
1988Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorLung foo fong wan (1987)
1987Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Leading ActorChou tin dik tong wah (1987)
1987Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorYing hung boon sik (1986)
1985Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Leading ActorDang doi lai ming (1984)
1984Best ActorAsia-Pacific Film FestivalDang doi lai ming (1984)

Nominated Awards

2015Huading AwardHuading AwardBest Actor in a Motion PictureDu cheng feng yun (2014)
2013Golden Lotus AwardsMacau International Movie FestivalBest ActorTong que tai (2012)
2012China Film Directors' Guild AwardChina Film Director's Guild AwardsBest ActorRang zi dan fei (2010)
2011Asian Film AwardAsian Film AwardsBest ActorRang zi dan fei (2010)
2011Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorKong Zi (2010)
2011Huading AwardHuading AwardBest Actor in a Motion PictureKong Zi (2010)
2010Iron Elephant AwardIron Elephant Film AwardsBest ActorKong Zi (2010)
2008Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorYi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (2006)
2008HKFCS AwardHong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorYi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (2006)
2007Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorMan cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)
2007HKFCS AwardHong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorMan cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorWo hu cang long (2000)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Action Team (Internet Only)Wo hu cang long (2000)
2001Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorWo hu cang long (2000)
1998Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst On-Screen CoupleThe Replacement Killers (1998)
1996Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorHe ping fan dian (1995)
1995Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorHua qi Shao Lin (1994)
1992Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorZong heng si hai (1991)
1990Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorDou san (1989)
1990Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Original Film SongWo zai hei she hui de ri zi (1989)
1989Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Original Film SongDai jeung foo yat gei (1988)
1988Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorChou tin dik tong wah (1987)
1988Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorGam yuk fung wan (1987)
1987Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorDei ha ching (1986)
1986Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Leading ActorYing hung boon sik (1986)
1986Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorNu ren xin (1985)
1985Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorDang doi lai ming (1984)

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