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Chinese mogul invites 1,000 poor Americans to a Central Park lunch

Published on Jun 20, 2014 1:34 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese recycling tycoon who has been angling to buy the New York Times Co aims to feed 1,000 poor Americans at a charitable lunch in New York City's Central Park next week, where he plans to sing and give each attendee US$300 (S$374).

Mr Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business before becoming a well-known philanthropist in China, took out advertisements in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on Monday inviting America's poor to the lunch at the park's Loeb Boathouse.

During the lunch set for next Wednesday, Mr Chen promised to sing "We Are the World," a 1985 charity hit song performed by dozens of stars, to his guests in English.

"I want to spread the message in the US that there are good philanthropists in

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