Everyone’s been talking about Crazy Rich Asians. The book turned movie made history as the first movie since the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club to feature an all-Asian cast—and shattered weekend box office expectations in one fell swoop. I watched the movie this weekend and was entranced by the glittering world and lifestyles of Singapore’s wealthiest elite and felt emotional over this historical moment for Asian representation in Hollywood.
It also made me think: Nick Young and his family might be fictional, but author Kevin Kwan based the original book on his own experiences growing up. Which means that crazy-rich Asians exist in real life—and to paraphrase Mark Twain, true life is stranger than fiction. I know of one of them—Angelababy, a Chinese socialite—but surely there are others. I did my own research (and consulted my cousin, who always has a pulse on these things—thanks, April!) and found a bevy of women with Cartier collections that rival Astrid Leong-Teo’s. Of course, I investigated a bit further to glean any insight I could on their beauty routines as well. Keep scrolling to get to know the real-life crazy-rich Asians.