Fancy freebies: Tycoon treats homeless to lunch
by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
June 25, 2014 12:30 PM | 570 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao addresses a news conference in New York. Chen is set to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food, n Central Park. The Wednesday, June 25, 2014 lunch for 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter will be served at the Boathouse restaurant. Chen says he wants to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao addresses a news conference in New York. Chen is set to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food, n Central Park. The Wednesday, June 25, 2014 lunch for 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter will be served at the Boathouse restaurant. Chen says he wants to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese tycoon is feeding hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food — in Central Park.

The lunch for 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter is being served Wednesday at the Boathouse restaurant.

Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao (gwong-BYOW') is offering them sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with creme fraiche. He's also providing entertainment by singing "We are the World." And he's promised each guest $300.

Chen says he wants to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries.

But his American ambitions surpass philanthropy.

Earlier this year, the 46-year-old businessman wanted to buy The New York Times. Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., said the newspaper was not for sale.

To announce the lunch, Chen placed ads in the Times and The Wall Street Journal.



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