• China Chow is an actress and model
• Born in London, England, she is the daughter of the late jewelry designer and model Tina Chow, and chef Michael Chow
• She is currently in a relationship with rock icon Billy Idol
• She has appeared in magazines such as Vogue and Maxim and acted in the film "The Big Hit"
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $10 million

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Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthApril 1974
FactDaughter of the late Tina Chow, a fashion icon of the 80s, and Michael Chow.

Who is China Chow?

China Chow was born on the 15th of April 1974, in London, England, and is an actress and model, perhaps still best known to the world as Keiko Nishi in the action-comedy film “The Big Hit” (1999), and for her appearances in such popular magazines as Vogue and Maxim, among many other differing accomplishments.

China Chow Bio: Early Life, Parents, and Education

China is the daughter of the famed jewelry designer and model Tina Chow, who unfortunately passed away in 1992 from AIDS,, and her husband Michael Chow, a famous chef who owns restaurants in London, Beverly Hills, and Malibu Beach, among other prestigious locations. China has a younger brother, Maximilian Chow. China became the first in the family to obtain a college degree, a BA in Psychology Studies from Scripps College.

Career Beginnings

Inspired by her mother’s success, China launched her modeling career in the mid- 90s. Discovered by Roger Museendem, China spent several years building a name for herself in Japan, primarily modeling for Shiseido cosmetics. Gradually she becoming more popular, which resulted in deals with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, among other popular fashion houses. She soon moved to magazine appearances as well, and became one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “It Girls” in 1996, and the same year featured in the December edition of Vogue’s “The Next Best-Dressed List”.

Rise to Prominence

China now began trying to make an acting debut, and her hard work paid off in 1998 when she was chosen for one of the supporting roles in the film “The Big Hit”. This appearance brought her new modeling engagements, but also launched her into the acting world, and since then China has made a number of successful appearances, including the portrayal of Lisa in the romantic comedy film “Head Over Hills” in 2001, then the lead role in the television drama film “Blessings” in 2003, and the portrayal of Lucy Chen in the highly-acclaimed TV series “Burn Notice” in 2007. Recently China hasn’t been very active as an actress and model, but hosted the TV show “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” in 2010 and 2011.

Do You Know How Rich China Chow Is?

Although inactive since the second half of the 2000s, many have remembered China as one of the sexiest girls of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Her popularity has certainly contributed to her wealth, so let’s see just how rich China Chow is today. As of mid- 2018, China’s net worth is estimated at over $10 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

China Chow Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend, Children

When it comes to her personal life, China has been quite open about ups and downs that happen to her behind the camera, sharing all the major details about her life with her fans. She is in a relationship with the rock icon Billy Idol, though the two haven’t shared their plans for the future. Before Billy Idol, China was seen with several other celebrities, including Mark Wahlberg and Steve Coogan.

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Internet Popularity

Since launching her career, China has become quite popular on social media platforms, especially Instagram and Twitter, though she is also no stranger on Facebook. Her official Instagram page has over 45,000 followers, with whom China has shared details from her personal life, including her relationship with Billy Idol, among many other posts. China can also be found on Twitter, with close to 10,000 followers, sharing her opinions and ideas, such as her support towards “ProjAngelFood”. China is also active on Facebook, on which she has around 8,500 followers. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this prominent actress and model, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to become one, just skip over to her official pages.

China Chow mom, Tina Chow

Now that we have covered all the major information about China, let’s share some information about her mother, Tina Chow. Real name Bettina Louis Lutz, she was born in Lakeview, Ohio USA, and was a model, reaching prominence in the ‘70s and ‘80s and attaining fashion icon status. The daughter of Walter Edmund Lutz, of German, and Mona Furuki, of Japanese ancestry, she has a sister Adelle Lutz, now an actress and costume designer.

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In her teens, the whole family moved to Japan, where she was discovered by a modeling agent, who secured her a gig with the Japanese cosmetic line Shiseidom and she gradually became more. She was the muse of such fashion designers as Yves St. Laurent, and Andy Warhol was one of many who painted pictures of her. Tina was an AIDS activist for the better part of her life, as many of her friends succumbed to the terrible disease. She herself contracted a disease in the mid- ‘80s following an affair with French aristocrat, Kim D’Estainville, and passed away at only 41 years of age from complications from AIDS at her home in Pacific Palisades.

General Info

Full NameChina Chow
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthApril 1974
Height1.57 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationScripps College


ParentsMichael Chow, Tina Chow
SiblingsMaximillian Chow, Asia Chow


MoviesFrankenfish, Blessings, Spun, Sol Goode, Head over Heels, The Big Hit
TV ShowsWork of Art: The Next Great Artist

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1Maternal niece of actress/costume designer Adelle Lutz.
2Following in the footsteps of her mother and her aunt, China also modeled for Shiseido cosmetics.
3Siblings: One younger brother, Maximillian Chow, and one younger half-sister, Asia.
4Holds a B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College.
5Eschewed the party scene to take care of her mother, who was dying of AIDS in the early 1990s (Tina Chow passed away in January 1992).
6Maternal niece of singer David Byrne (of The Talking Heads fame), who is married to Tina Chow's sister, Adelle Lutz.
7Daughter of the late Tina Chow, a fashion icon of the 80s, and Michael Chow.
8Had no prior acting experience before her first role in The Big Hit (1998).
9Niece of actress Tsai Chin and Adelle Lutz.
10After the original pilot for the tv show "Young Americans" was filmed the producers cast Chow as an additional character named Paige. However, she backed out at the last minute and the character was dropped.




Burn Notice2007TV SeriesLucy Chen
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video GameKatie Zhan (voice)
Frankenfish2004TV MovieMary Callahan
Carnival Sun2003ShortBrian's Girlfriend
Blessings2003TV MovieJennifer Foster
Sol Goode2003Amber Stevens
That '70s Show2001TV SeriesChina
Head Over Heels2001Lisa
The Big Hit1998Keiko Nishi


Philomena2013very special thanks


2012 New Now Next Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist2010-2011TV SeriesHerself - Host & Judge
Digital Death/Buy Life2010Video shortHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself
America's Next Top Model2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge & Supermodel

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