Jackie Chan has had an impressive career, spanning a whopping sixty years, and collected plentiful fortune as a result.
However, he believes that his son, Jaycee Chan should be able to create success for himself, so the actor revealed he’s decided to donate his wealth to charity when he passes, instead of leaving him an inheritance.
At the age of 5, Chan began his acting career, making appearances in a number of well-known Chinese movies. He appeared in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon as an extra and stunt double while still a teenager.
These movies shot the star to fame, and he later became a Hollywood icon. Chan appeared in films like The Big Brawl and The Cannonball Run at the beginning of the 1980s. But Rumble in the Bronx, which was released in the late 1990s, marked his big-screen debut. His latter movies had tremendous box office success, including Shanghai Noon, and Rush Hour, which he is most famous for.
Through his work on movies and in business, the sixty-eight-year-old has amassed an incredible net worth. Chan has a $400 million net worth right now, as per Celebrity Net Worth.
Fans of the star might already be aware that Chan has two children: an estranged daughter, Etta Ng Chok Lam, age 23, and a son, Jaycee, age 40.
But it seems he’s not going to let his children slack just because of his successful career, he wants both of them to stand on their own two feet and make something of themselves, which is why he has chosen not to give any of his wealth to his children, particularly his son.
Chan opened up about the move in his 2015 autobiography Never Grow Up, revealing a couple of instances where he tried to humble his son and make him realise he needed to make his own way in the world.
One time, while booking a flight, Chan bought a first-class ticket for himself, while booking an economy-class ticket for his son, telling him “you have no money now, so you sit here.”
Chan revealed that his son was later upgraded to first class, after which he told his dad “I got another upgrade, I don’t need money.”
Trying to teach his son a lesson, he wrote: “You have me as a dad, but other people don’t. They have to fight their own battles. When you get to sit in first class, because of your own hard work, then that’s success.”
It seems that holding his inheritance from him is just another way Chan is trying to teach his son to become more independent.
Speaking about his decision, Chan said: “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting mine.”
And it seems people are outraged that he would choose to donate his wealth to charity instead of his children, one social media user wrote: “I get the lesson in values and morals, but isn’t this the reason you worked so hard? You did it for your kids and their children. You would rather leave all of your fortune to a charity that is probably misappropriating donations anyway. This is absolutely insanity at its finest.”
While another echoed: “Sorry but kids come first. I know that people need to learn how to navigate the world on their own and grow as a person, find their own path, etc but as a parent, you have an obligation to make sure your children are safe and have as great a life as you can possibly provide. Not leaving them with anything is a huge mistake.
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