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Funeral for HK's richest woman
Nina Wang's godson Anthony Cheung holds a picture of her after a cremation ceremony in Hong Kong - 18/04/07
Nina Wang's photo was carried by her godson Anthony Cheung
A lavish funeral has been held for Hong Kong's richest woman, Nina Wang, who died earlier this month.

Tycoons and politicians were among the mourners who gathered to pay their last respects to the 69-year-old.

Dozens of people gathered to watch as a hearse, covered in white flowers and a heart-shaped wreath, carried her body to the crematorium.

Ms Wang left no heirs, which has led to fervent speculation over who might inherit her $4.2bn (2bn) fortune.

She was first thrust into the limelight 15 years ago after her husband Teddy was abducted and never seen again. He was declared dead in 1999.

His disappearance led to a sensational legal battle between Ms Wang and her elderly father-in-law for control of Teddy's billions.

She won the eight-year battle in 2005 and was credited with expanding her husband's multinational corporation Chinachem into a real-estate empire.

Ms Wang captivated the public with her girlie dress sense and pigtails. Local media nicknamed her "little sweetie" after a Japanese cartoon character.

She is believed to have died of ovarian cancer.

Forgery claims

Casino magnate Stanley Ho and Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing were among the mourners who gathered for the funeral.

Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang and his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa paid their respects on Tuesday.

Flower-covered hearse takes Nina Wang's coffin to the crematorium - 18/04/07

After the service at a funeral home, her body was taken by the flower-covered hearse to the crematorium. Hundreds of white wreaths lined the pavement.

Rumours over who will inherit her fortune have been rife, with speculation pointing to her feng shui master, or the barrister that helped her win her long legal battle.

Both Ms Wang and her father-in-law had presented different versions of Teddy Wang's will.

The one Ms Wang presented was handwritten, and left his fortune to her.

But the elder Mr Wang insisted his was the authentic will and began a civil case against his daughter-in-law accusing her of forgery - a case he eventually lost.

Each twist and turn of the high-profile court case dominated Hong Kong's front pages and gossip columns.

Forbes magazine estimated Ms Wang's fortune to be $4.2bn, making her Asia's 35th richest person.




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