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The Real Crazy Rich Asians: We Take A Look At Asia’s Affluent Elite

We’ve got pictures to back up just how rich these people are.

Crazy Rich Asians is having a crazy run at the box office. We’re not just talking about box offices in the United States, where the movie’s Hollywood studios is located, but many countries all over the world. Not surprisingly, the movie is also a hit in Singapore. It’s not every day a major Hollywood movie chooses to film in our sunny island, as the home of the majority of the characters.

We can’t think of a better movie to put Singapore on global screens, as Crazy Rich Asians demonstrates that a contemporary film featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast can sell like hell. But besides making cinema history, the movie, as well as the novel it’s based on, is shining the spotlight on the wealthy inequality in Asia and Singapore. Apparently, according to the movie and novel, a close look at Asia’s socio-economic order reveals a complex racial hierarchy. Kevin Kwan, the Singaporean author of the novel, went so far as to rank people of Asian descent by their importance in Rich People Problems, the novel that concludes the Crazy Rich Asians series. The ranking has no less than 16 different racial categories, most of which are East Asian.

Excerpt from Kwan's novel "Rich People Problems," as quoted by the South China Morning Post

Instead of a ranking, our own list introduces five wealthy Asians that we follow and love, wishing (quite hopelessly) that we could travel all over the world every day like they do. Are these public figures crazy rich like Nick Young’s family? Let’s find out!

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3. Peepy and Mother Lee

“These people aren’t just rich, they’re crazy rich.”

Peik Lin was talking about Nick Young’s family in the Crazy Rich Asians movie, but we think she could also be talking about Peepy and Mother Lee. Peepy isn’t known best as the editor of Bangkok-based fashion magazine Hi-Magazine, but for the eccentric and popular Instragram account he runs with his mother. The Thai mother-and-son duo takes Instagram #aesthetic to a whole new opulent level. They make every location, from kitchens to clubs to high-end hotel lobbies, look just as fancy, thanks to their matching designer outfits. We’re talking all kinds of designer bags and accessories, intricately displayed in their sparkling glory on the mother and son’s bodies. It’s all about how they stand too – the duo’s signature paws-on-cheeks pose is so unique, they’ve decided to trademark it! The “Home Alone Peepy” pose matches fabulously with their stylish clothes and accessories, giving us serious #OOTD envy.

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