Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung has placed full-page ads in local newspapers revealing details of his split with girlfriend Yvonne Lui.
Joseph Lau Luen-hung, 65, said he broke up with Yvonne Lui in 2014 but had given her HK$2 billion ($26o million) worth of gifts during their relationship.
Ranked as the world’s 65th richest man by Forbes magazine with a net worth of $13.1 billion, and convicted money-launderer, Joseph Lau Luen-hung made his fortune in real estate.
His ad sparked a debate in Hong Kong on the meaning of wealth.
Joseph Lau Luen-hung Lau has two children with Yvonne Lui, who is believed to be 26 years his junior.
The billionaire said his announcement was made in response to “untrue reports” about their relationship.
Yvonne Lui was now “a very wealthy woman” after receiving “lots of money, jewellery and other gifts” from him and no longer needed his “financial support”, he said, though added he would continue to support their children.
A former beauty pageant contestant, Yvonne Lui also has a PhD degree in chemical engineering from King’s College London.
Yvonne Lui had earlier released a cryptic statement on her website: “The children and I hope that you will recover soon and distance yourself from people who have been troubling you.”
Joseph Lau’s very public announcement has become the talk of Hong Kong, with many questioning the motives behind it.
He divorced his first wife in 1992 and has two adult children. He also has two children with his current girlfriend, a former entertainment reporter almost 30 years younger than him.
The billionaire has been seen in a wheelchair and is suffering from renal failure, heart disease and diabetes.
Joseph Lau, who was convicted of bribery and money-laundering in Macau in 2014, is well-known for his love affairs with movie stars and his extravagant romantic gestures.
It is not the first time he has used newspaper ads to get his message across.
In 2006, Joseph Lau bought a full-page ad anonymously wishing happy birthday to an ex-girlfriend.