HK billionaire Richard Li rumoured to be dating Malaysian actress 29 years his junior

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(Updated with statement from Noble Castle Asia spokesperson)

Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li is recently rumoured to be dating Malaysian actress Serena Lim, 29 years his junior. There are speculations that Li had broken up with Karmen Kwok, who was 26 years younger than Li, and had gotten together with Lim. 

Son of Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka Shing, Li’s relationship status has always been the talk of the town. His ex-girlfriend Isabella Leong, a former Hong Kong singer, gave birth to three sons for the billionaire, but the couple never made it into the chapel. Leong announced in March 2011 that they had amicably ended their relationship and both of them would be caring for the children.

In 2015, Li started dating Kwok, who was crowned second runner-up in 2015’s Miss Hong Kong. There had been speculations of the couple tying the knot when Kwok started sharing photos of her in wedding dresses in April 2021.

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However, rumours are rife that the couple called it quits when netizens uncovered that Kwok was not signed to Li’s new talent agency, Noble Castle Asia, which was established in January 2021. It is Malaysian actress Serene Lim, who came in second in Miss Chinese International 2017, who was signed to Noble Castle Asia instead.

Joining TVB in 2018, Lim acted in dramas such as Girlie Days and Line Walker: Bull Fight, before quitting in 2020. She revealed that she was suffering from bulimia, which stemmed from the stress of working in Hong Kong.

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Despite being in Malaysia to recuperate, Lim became the first actress to be signed under the newly established agency in March 2021. However, there were speculations that the agency was specially set up for Lim by Li, especially with Chinese actress Tang Wei’s former manager tasked to manage Lim.

Karmen Kwok's Instagram Story screenshot. (PHOTO: Karmen Kwok's Instagram)
Karmen Kwok's Instagram Story screenshot. (PHOTO: Karmen Kwok's Instagram)

Responding to the rumours on her Instagram, Kwok shared a photo of her dog with a cryptic message. “Thank you for sharing your stories with me. I hope this is a space for everyone to share their happiness and sadness, being able to receive positive energies or consolation here,” she wrote. “As for the negative news, looking at them from another angle is still a part of life. The clever people will stop the rumours, so we shall wait for a while.”

Lim’s manager had responded to media requests for a statement, claiming that “she is too busy with work now and does not have time for romance.”

In a statement to 8days.sg, Maria Dan, the president of Noble Castle Asia, clarified that the rumours of Serene Lim dating Richard Li are false. She said, “[Serene] is focusing on her work and doesn’t have time to date. I’ve been with her every day since she joined the company and she’s never even met Mr Li. I don’t know how [the dating rumours] even started.”

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