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Over the past decade Chinese investors have conquered dozens of chateaux in Bordeaux, France's famed wine-growing region.The 69-year-old Hong Kong-based billionaire has been in southwest France for the past 20 years, recently snapping up Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a Saint-Emilion grand cru.Some in France's winemaking community are sniffy about the Asian investors who have bought up 140 chateaux in Bordeaux.The acquisitions -- though making up only 1.5 percent of the region's 7,000 vineyards -- have stirred sensitivities about growing foreign investment, particularly Chinese, in strategic or heritage sectors.The Chinese tycoons present in Bordeaux see wine mainly as a way of diversifying their fortunes.But Kwok, who has invested 60 to 70 million euros ($72.5-85 million) in the region, insists he's not in it for the money -- though as an investment banker he keeps an eye on the numbers.
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