Free Lunch: Beef Filet, Sesame-Seed-Encrusted Tuna, and Berries with Creme Fraiche

On 25 June 2014, Chinese recycling magnate and multi-millionaire Chen Guangbiao, age 46, whose net worth is estimated at $400 million to $750 million, bought lunch for approximately 200 homeless New Yorkers. The menu at the ritzy Boathouse restaurant in Central Park consisted of beef filet, sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, and berries with creme fraiche. His guests came from the New York City Rescue Mission, whose executive director, Craig Mayes, said, “Our thought was if someone wants to treat them to an amazing event — something they would never experience on their own, maybe even a kernel of hope that life could be different again, we’re in for that reason. That’s our motive.” Mr. Guangbiao also made a donation to the homeless shelter and passed out $100 bills to some people near the shelter. (Some people were suspicious and turned down the money.) Through a translator, he said, “The important thing to me is not the money I’m donating, but to have people take notice of the plight of poor people. This, for me, is a journey of gratitude, not a journey of charity.”

For Further Information: “Chinese Millionaire Treats NYC Homeless to Lunch, Sings ‘We Are the World.’” ABC New York. 26 June 2014

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For Further Information: Amber Sutherland, “Chinese tycoon struggles to give away $100 bills to suspicious New Yorkers.” New York Post. 25 June 2014

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