Shanghai Tang founder sends out party invites after being given 2 months to live: Report

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The billionaire founder of fashion label Shanghai Tang is throwing a party for his friends after being told that he has only “a month or two to last”, The Asia Times has reported.

According to the report, doctors had told 63-year-old Sir David Tang that he would have just a couple of months left to live, but instead of getting sufficient rest, Tang decided to welcome death by sending out invitations for a final farewell party.

In the peculiar party invitation sent to his friends, Tang promised to throw a great party, writing: “As I have been given by my politburo of medical experts just a month or two to last, I thought the best way to go would be to give a party where we can see each other at least one time more, rather than at a memorial service where I shall be dead as a dodo.”

The flamboyant businessman, socialite and cigar connoisseur, is the grandson of Tang Shiu Kin, one of Hong Kong’s most famous philanthropists.

Tang is best known for his contribution to Shanghai Tang – making it one of the first Chinese labels to break the global boundary.

Being a recipient of knighthood in 2008, Tang has had the privilege of dancing with Queen Elizabeth. He is friends with celebrities like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, and was also close friends with Princess Diana when she was alive.

Through the years, the Hong Kong-born billionaire has managed to forge admirable relationships with foreigners interested in Eastern culture, through his shuttling between Hong Kong, London, and mainland China – further strengthening his personal brand name.

In fact, his accomplishments are more than ample.

With his weekly column in the Financial Times called “ Agony Uncle”, Tang shared his personal experiences with the world – including how the National Health Service (NHS) saved his life.

The billionaire is also the man responsible for the distribution of all Cuban cigars in the Asia Pacific region, the starting up of The China Club brand in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, and the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel.

Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily reported last week that when contacted, Tang declined to comment and did not deny or confirm the news.