September 7, 2006
HK Banker Wins Salsa Case
Prominent Hong Kong banker Monica Wong, who has a passion for salsa dancing, has won back millions of dollars paid in advance for private lessions
She had engaged and agreed to pay Italian Mirko Saccani and his world champion wife Gaynor Fairweather HK$120m (US$15.4m, £8.2m) for eight years of unlimited lessons.
But the relationship quickly broke down after Mr Saccani called her a "lazy cow" at a public practice session.
A judge has ordered the pair to return HK$62m Ms Wong had already paid, plus interest.
Ms Wong, daughter of a shipping tycoon and head of HSBC's private banking business in Asia, told reporters she was pleased with the outcome. [Read more...]