China’s ‘diving princess’ Guo Jingjing last week married business scion Kenneth Fok in what Hong Kong newspaper Sing Tao Daily called “the wedding of the century” (obviously British royalists will beg to differ). The couple had been dating for eight years before they tied the knot at the Fok family mansion in Hong Kong last Friday.
So what’s the big deal? Guo, whose face has appeared in countless commercials in China, won four gold Olympic diving medals and five consecutive World Championships before retiring last year (see Red Star in issue 93). The diving diva met Fok – the grandson of the late Macau tycoon and billionaire Henry Fok – when she competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she claimed two gold medals in the synchronised and individual 3-metre springboards.
And it appears that Guo didn’t forget her sporting background even on her big day, choosing her friend and synchronised diving partner Wu Minxia as maid of honour at the wedding.
On Saturday, the couple moved the lavish celebration to Fok’s ancestral home in Nansha, Guangdong province. The late tycoon has invested billions of yuan in Nansha in roads, bridges, a ferry terminal and other property developments. To pay tribute, the newly weds were seen taking pictures in front of a statue of the groom’s grandfather.
The lavish ceremonies came with a big price tag. Sing Tao Daily reported that the wedding set the Fok family back by an estimated Rmb15 million ($2.4 million). The Foks also gifted Guo’s parents a house.
Of course, the wedding has become the most talked-about news on China’s weibo. One of the most circulated jokes: “Why did Kenneth Fok marry Guo Jingjing? Because Guo Jingjing will never ask her husband, ‘who would you save first if your mum and I fell into the water at the same time…’ ”
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