Leslie Cheung Net Worth: Leslie Cheung was a Chinese singer/songwriter, performer, film director, record producer and screenwriter who’d a net worth of $30 million. Cheung is known as as among the founding fathers of Cantopop (Cantonese popular music). He managed to join a enormously successful movie and music profession. Though Cheung had never openly declared his sexual orientation, he once said in a interview with Time magazine: “It Is more proper to say I am bisexual. I have had girlfriends. Once I was 22 or so, I requested my girlfriend Teresa Mo to wed me.” Cheung and Ngai Sze-Pui, a Hong Kong model and performer he met on the set of Bureau 24, were in a relationship for a couple of years. In a 1997 concert, Cheung openly shown his relationship with Daffy Tong Hok-Tak, who continued his partner until Cheung’s death. Cheung committed suicide on April 1, 2003 by leaping in the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, situated in the Central district of Hong Kong Island. Cheung left a suicide note saying he was suffering from depression. Leslie Cheung was just 46 years old. The exact same year Cheung’s devotees from around the world made 2 million origami cranes for the Guinness World Record as a homage to the anniversary.
Leslie came out with the album "Salute" in 1989 and all the proceeds were donated to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Conservatory of music as a scholarship. After 2004, this scholarship changed to the "Leslie Cheung Memorial Scholarship".
In 1977, Cheung won first runner up by singing Don McLean's "American Pie" at the Asian Music Contest.
Worked as a bartender at his relatives' restaurant and sang during the weekends.
In his early career chose his name "Leslie" after the British actor Leslie Howard and because of his love for the American film Gone with the Wind (1939). He liked the fact that the name Leslie could be either a male or female name.
Stated that he had a fairly unhappy childhood and was brought up by his grandmother.
Attended the University of Leeds in northern England where he studied textile management. He dropped out of university at the end of his first year when his father fell ill. After his father's recovery, however, he did not return to England to complete his studies.
Cheung was bisexual and claimed so in an interview with Time magazine. He had denied it during the earlier portion of his career but "came out" in the 1990s after emigrating to Vancouver, Canada. In a 1997 concert Cheung openly revealed his relationship with Daffy Tong Hok-Tak. He became the co-executor of Cheung's estate. A full-page obituary on Cheung in a Hong Kong newspaper listed Tong as his surviving spouse.
In the early 1990s he became one of the few Hong Kong actors who dared to play gay characters on-screen. Cheung's first gay role was Cheng Dieyi in Farewell My Concubine (1993). In Happy Together (1997), Cheung played another gay role which involved him in graphic sex scenes and for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Award at both the Golden Horse Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards.
On April 1, 2003, he jumped to his death from the 24th floor of the famed Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located in the Central district of Hong Kong Island. He left a suicide note saying that he had been suffering from depression. The day after Leslie's death, his long time partner, Tong, confirmed that Cheung suffered from (clinical) depression and had been seeing psychiatrists for treatment for almost a year. He also revealed that Cheung had attempted suicide in 2002.
One of the first generation of PEPSI stars in Asia.
Most Favorite Chinese Actor in 100 years of Chinese Cinema in the poll held by Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd, Hong Kong Ferry Co. Ltd, HKFAA and UA Cinemas for the Centennial of Chinese Film History (2005)
He was named "Asian Biggest Superstar" by CCTV-MTV in Beijing China (2000)
His song "Monica" was crowned as "Song of the Century" (1999)
The first singer to hold 100 concerts at Hong Kong Coliseum in 1997
Member of the jury at Tokyo International Film Festival in 1993
The first Hong Kong actor who acted in a mainland China film (Farewell My Concubine, 1992)
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998
He was one of the most popular singers in the 80s. He bade farewell to his professional singing career in December 1989 when he held 33 continuous nights of "Final Encounter of the Legend" concert.