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Only the king of durians will do for casino tycoon with a taste for the stinky fruit

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 July, 2010, 12:00am
 

Owning a private jet is more than just a status symbol - apart from showing that you're extremely rich and can travel in style, it also allows you to fly in your favourite food from anywhere in the world and at any time.

Casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun is obviously well aware of this and made the best use of his private jet to bring Raja Kunyit durians - known as the king of durians - from Singapore to Macau, according to Singaporean newspaper Lianhe Wanbao.

It was reported that when Ho was invited to the opening of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore last month, five of his men travelled to the Lion City ahead of the tycoon. They were not there to prepare for Ho's visit, but to buy the best durians for the tycoon. The report said the men went to a fruit stall named 818 to buy 98 durians and take them back to Macau on the tycoon's private jet. However, because of weather and transport issues, Ho's men were able to take only 88 Raja Kunyit durians packed in six large boxes. The durians cost HK$12,000.

Ho gave 10 durians to fellow tycoon Li Ka-shing, the report said.

It is not known if Ho, who has been in and out of hospital over the past year, really ate the other 78 durians. Chinese generally believe that durians are a 'hot' fruit, which is not particularly healthy to people of 'hot' nature, such as those with high blood pressure. Perhaps Ho bought the durians to share with his friends and his vast extended family.

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