Leaving TVB in May after 13 years of employment, Shirley Yeung (楊思琦) decided to pursue other career opportunities. Due to her cheerful personality and curvaceous figure, Shirley has become a popular guest at Mainland promotional events.
According to an article in Jayne Stars, Shirley reportedly earns 200,000 RMB (S$41,284) per month. Estimated to have pocketed over 3 million RMB since leaving TVB, Shirley did not deny the claims and simply stated that her income has been ideal so far.
Shirley’s frugal nature allowed the single mother to invest her savings into real estate. Already an owner of two properties in Hong Kong, Shirley purchased a large complex in The Wings IIIA series – newly open properties in the Tseung Kwan O area–under her father’s name.
Denies Tarnished Image
Crowned Miss Hong Kong in 2001, Shirley was highly promoted by TVB and was one of the fastest rising actresses in her era. However, because of her muddled love triangle with TVB actor Gregory Lee (李泳豪) and diver Andy Ng (吳帥), and subsequently giving birth to Andy’s daughter out of wedlock, Shirley’s public image plummeted.
Demoted by TVB to host variety shows and seeing her opportunities at the station continue to slip over the last two years, Shirley decided not to renew her management contract in May.
Shirley’s last drama at TVB is All That Is Bitter Is Sweet <大藥坊>, where she plays Linda Chung’s (鍾嘉欣) stepmother. Denying that her image has been tarnished due to her controversial past, Shirley replied, “Even before giving birth, I didn’t have a lot of series to film already! And if I didn’t know how to act, why would I be given the Best Supporting Actress award for Always Ready <隨時候命>?”
Family Comes First
Although Shirley has always been known to be frugal, she does not skimp on her daughter’s needs. Eager to provide the best education, Shirley revealed that Krystal’s school tuition costs $20,000 HKD a month – an amount Shirley is more than willing to pay for.
While Shirley is working in Mainland, her mother takes care of Shirley’s two-year-old daughter, Krystal. Earlier reports claimed that Shirley has never been on good terms with her greedy mother. Shirley angrily stated that she will fight whoever insults her mother. Without her mother’s help in the last few years, Shirley faces extreme difficulty as a single mother with an erratic work schedule and would not even be able to work in China.