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Hong Kong Lawyer Known for Lavish Lifestyle and Golden Toilet Has Died


Chau Kai-bong, a lawyer and flamboyant Hong Kong socialite known for owning a golden toilet and who was often seen traveling with his wife Brenda in their pink Rolls Royce has died of cancer. He was 75.

Chau, who earned his law degree at Cambridge before starting his law practice in Hong Kong, lived in Villa d’Oro, a mansion draped in gold from the window dressings to the bathroom fixtures, AFP reports.

Chau’s son Brandon, who is also identified as a lawyer, said that his father got to see his newborn grandson before his death on Tuesday.

In 2007, Chau told HK Magazine that he was creative by nature.

“My dream was going to Hollywood and becoming a well-rounded artist like Charlie Chaplin. I would write the scripts, design the costumes, and make the sets out of broomsticks and bedsheets,” he said.

But he added, “My father tricked me into becoming a lawyer. I never loved it, but I made a living out of it.”

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