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Chinese millionaire set for lunch with 1,000 homeless in NYC

Published on Jun 25, 2014 11:28 PM
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A wealthy Chinese businessman who tried to buy the New York Times planned to serve a free lunch to 1,000 homeless people in New York's Central Park on Wednesday with 250 of them dining in the park's Loeb Boathouse restaurant.

Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business, took out newspaper advertisements last week inviting "poor and destitute Americans" to lunch in the park.

During the meal, the Chinese philanthropist has promised to serenade his guests by singing "We Are the World", the 1985 charity hit song to fund African famine relief.

"I want to spread the message in the U.S. that there are good philanthropists in China and not all are crazy spenders on luxury goods," Mr Chen told the South China Morning Post about his motivation for the lunch.

 
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