Professor Rachel Chu
Played By: Constance Wu
A Chinese-American economics professor at NYU who is invited to meet her boyfriend Nick's family in the first book.
- Beauty = Goodness: She's good looking, level-headed, diplomatic, humble, educated, and The Hero of the novels.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is a very diplomatic, pleasant, and forgiving woman but the behaviors of some of the wealthy (i.e. Eleanor Young, Colette Bing to name) have pushed her to tell them off for their lack of character and regard for others.
- Disappeared Dad: Rachel has never known her father and her mother told her that he died before she was born. This turns out not to be the case.
- Fish out of Water: Middle-class Rachel is out of place with the Singaporean upper class.
- Heroic Bastard: She's born out of an affair her mother Kerry had with a friend named Kao Wei.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The entire family except for Astrid thinks she is a Gold Digger.
- Mistaken Nationality: Eleanor thought she was Taiwanese. It turns out she is mainland Chinese.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: She's the Poor suitor to all of Nick's old flames since she's not particularly wealthy and doesn't have great connections.
Professor Nicholas Young
Played By: Henry Golding
A Singaporean history professor at NYU and Rachel's boyfriend at the beginning of the first book.
- Didn't Think This Through: He didn't think to tell Rachel about how wealthy and snobbish his family is, which causes a few problems.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Colin Khoo.
- I Am Very British: He has a posh British accent because he apparently grew up studying in fancy British schools.
- Raised by Grandparents: His grandmother did most of the job raising him.
- Secretly Wealthy: The Young family is very secretive about their wealth, and Nick is no exception. One reason is that he wanted to form genuine attachments to people without having hangers-on who were only interested in his money.
- Uptown Girl: A male version since his family is very wealthy and connected and Rachel is not.
Shang Su Yi
Played By: Lisa Lu
Wife of Sir James Young and mother of Felicity, Catherine, Philip, Victoria and Alexandra Young. Has a brother named Alfred.
- Affectionate Nickname: Referred to as "Ah-ma" by the grandchildren.
- Belated Backstory: We learn more about her in Rich People Problems, the third book.
- Grande Dame: She is the owner and chatelaine of Tyersall Park and rules over her family with a silken covered iron fist
- Hero of Another Story: She helped hide British soldiers from the Japanese Army during World War II.
- Parental Favoritism: As revealed by her daughter, Victoria, in the third book, due to Philip being her only son, she spoiled him with everything, while her daughters were basically given a hard time for everything.
- Pet the Dog: At her will reading, she wills her Malaysian estate to her grandson Alexander Leong, even noting that it's a shame she didn't get to see his children and wife and uses it as a jab against her daughter and son-in-law for disowning him.
- Your Cheating Heart: She actually didn't want to marry James and actually cheated on him with a Thai Prince and had his baby, but Sir James accepted her and the baby with open arms and were soon more happy than not.
- Widow Woman: Her husband Sir James died many years ago.
Sir James Young
Shang Su Yi's deceased husband, a neurologist.
- Hero of Another Story: Saved many lives during the Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II, including Dr. Gu.
- Parental Substitute: To Su Yi's daughter Catherine, who he raised as his own child.
- Posthumous Character: Sir James has been dead for an unknown amount of time before the story began.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Er, husband. According to Nick, he was aware of how saintly his grandfather was, but amazed when he finds out that Sir James accepted Su Yi back with open arms despite carrying another man's baby and even doted on Catherine like she was his own child.
Puan Sri Felicity Leong, nee Young
Played By: Janice Koh
Shang Su Yi's eldest daughter. Married to Harry Leong and mother of Henry, Peter, Alexander and Astrid.
- I Have No Son!: She and Harry disinherited Alexander because he married a Malaysian woman.
- Jerkass: She is very tight-fisted, controlling, a hypochondriac, a complainer, racist (disowning one son because he married a Malaysian woman), narrow-minded, and she goes so far as to isolate Astrid after the latter goes through scandals...all because her image is so important.
- My Beloved Smother: Especially to Astrid.
- The Scrooge: She's tight-fisted about money, as evidenced in the book's prologue when she makes Eleanor, Nick, Astrid, Alexandra and Eddie walk nine blocks in the pouring rain because she doesn't want to take a taxi.
- Those Two Guys: With her sister Alix in the film.
Tan Sri Harry Leong
Felicity's husband and father of Henry, Peter, Alexander and Astrid. Director of the Institute of ASEAN affairs.
- Adapted Out: Does not appear in the film.
- Everyone Is Related: His sister is presumably Colin Khoo's mother.
- Hypocrite: His family made their money in Malaysia. Doesn't stop him from disinheriting his son Alexander for marrying a Malaysian woman.
- Jerkass: Bullies Michael Teo and gleefully makes him feel less than, racist, disowns son for marrying a Malaysian woman, is controlling of Astrid, cares more about his image rather than attending to his daughter's needs, and displays narcissistic traits.
- Just the First Citizen: Claims to be a mere public servant, though he is said to be a kingmaker in Singapore's government.
- Karma Houdini: Doesn't get any comeuppance for his treatment of Michael, which ruined his marriage to Astrid.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Buys the Calthorpe hotel after its manager is racist towards his wife and her family. He also takes care to fire said manager.
- Meddling Parents: A controlling father to his children, particularly to Astrid and Alexander.
- Never My Fault: He and his family never take responsibility for ruining Astrid and Michaels marriage.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: He and his sons treat Michael like a servant.
Astrid Teo, nee Leong
Played By: Gemma Chan
Felicity and Harry's only daughter. Married to Michael Teo, with whom she has a son named Cassian.
- Cool Big Sis: She is very close and is very accepting of her brother Alexander and his Malaysian wife Salimah.
- The Fashionista: She's always had a passion for fashion.
- Identical Grandson: Su Yi remarks that Astrid looks a lot like Su Yi's late mother in her fashion sense, manners, grace, and beauty.
- Nice Girl: Perfectly pleasant to be around and accepts Rachel, she seems to look past peoples' background to appreciate what they offer in their character as this attitude extends to her younger (and disowned by their parents) brother who married a Malay woman and appreciates their loving and healthy marriage. She also is very well-mannered and doesn't like the idea of her fame hogging the spotlight off other people.
- Outnumbered Sibling: She's the only girl in the Leong family.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Nick.
- Statuesque Stunner: In the films where she's played by the 5'8" Gemma Chan.
- Uptown Girl: She's part of two wealthy and powerful Singaporean Old Money families. Her husband Michael is an ex-Army captain who owns a startup tech company.
- White Sheep: Somehow didn't receive the snobbish, narrow-minded, and controlling attitude displayed by the rest of her family. In fact Eleanor remarks in China Rich Girlfriend that she and Nick get along great because they have "funny ideas" about not wanting to flaunt their wealth (i.e. Astrid wears the same dress to many weddings as to not upstage the bride, as the onetime she wore a new one, the press was all over her and the Bride was overlooked).
Played By: Pierre Png
Astrid's husband and Cassian's father. A tech CEO and former Army captain.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: In the second and third books, he makes a lot of money from Charlie making heavy investments in his company and he takes a massive level in jerkass.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the film, he really is having an affair.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Isabel Wu for Astrids storyline in the third book.
- Foil: To Rachel. Like Rachel, Michael was middle-class, fell in love with a member of the Young family and struggled with being accepted into their circle. Unlike Rachel, Michael allowed his pain to get the better of him, never told Astrid of the problems her relatives gave him and let it ruin his marriage.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Invoked. He wanted to get out of his marriage with Astrid, so he had a relation of his send him salacious texts to make Astrid believe he was cheating on her.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: On the receiving end, as his brothers-in-law and father-in-law treat him like a servant.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: To horrific levels in the second and third books, where he locks his son in a garage for minor gaffes (mostly typical kid stuff) and gaslights Astrid and puts her down for perceived mistakes, he even threatens their au pair with strangling her neck when she is about to leave with Astrid and Cassian.
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. He isn't actually cheating on Astrid, he's faking it so she'll ask for a divorce. The film plays it straight though.
Nick's father and Shang Su Yi's only son. Married to Eleanor Sung.
- Adapted Out: Omitted from the film entirely. It isn't too much of a stretch because he wasn't much of a presence in the novel anyways.
- Composite Character: In the film, he buys the Calthorpe hotel instead of Harry Leong.
- The Ghost: In the film.
- Nice Guy: Very much different from his wife.
- Only Sane Man: Throughout the first book, he tries his hardest to curb Eleanor and her friends' crazed prejudices over Rachel. It doesn't work.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Su Yi's only son.
- Parents as People: He's more level-headed and open-minded than his wife but a flashback in Rich People Problems reveals that he and Eleanor had a massive argument after a family friend and her husband confronted them angrily (alluding to possible infidelities) that scared Nick enough to run away to Colin's grandmother's house where she kept him until Su Yi sent for him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left Singapore for Australia because he didn't want to be caught up in the family squabbles. When he receives 30% of the shares in Tyersall Park after Su Yi dies, he gives them all to Nick (who was probably going to get them anyways) because he doesn't really care for the place, but he knows Nick does.
Eleanor Young, nee Sung
Played By: Michelle Yeoh
Philip's wife and Nick's mother.
- Big Entrance: In the second book, she shows up at Nick and Rachel's wedding in a helicopter to tell them that she approves of the match.
- The Heavy: The most active antagonistic force in Rachel and Nick's relationship throughout the first book and film.
- I Want Grandkids: After Nick and Rachel marry, she starts (with the help of Rachel's mother) nagging for grandkids. This is taken to an extreme in Rich People Problems when she and her friends try to trick Rachel into an OB-GYN exam to make sure there aren't fertility issues.
- Meddling Parents: Very controlling of who Nick marries, though she says it's for his own good.
- Not So Different: Like Rachel, she was of a lower class than the Youngs and had to struggle with not being accepted by her potential mother-in-law.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Puts her foot down about Rachel and Nick's relationship because she considers Rachel beneath them and assumes that Rachel has been lying about her father. Subverted in the second book when she learns who Rachel's father is.
- Shipper on Deck: Pushes Amanda Ling and Francesca Shaw into trying to regain Nick's affections so Rachel won't have him. Although she is pushing more for Amanda Ling (rightfully so as Amanda is slightly more nicer and Francesca turns out to be a terrible Gold Digger who'd be willing to have her grandpa be taken off life support).
- Villain Protagonist: The first book has several chapters of her trying to find dirt on Rachel, other than that, most of the books reveal she is a pretty snobbish, shallow, judgmental, and materialistic character who considers the hurt feelings and betrayals of others as collateral damage.
Alexandra "Alix" Cheng, nee Young
Played By: Selena Tan
Shang Su Yi's youngest daughter. Married to Dr. Malcolm Cheng and mother of Edison (nicknamed Eddie), Cecilia and Alastair.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Alix".
- Disco Dan: She hasn't changed her wardrobe since the 1980s (the books are set in the early to mid 2010s) which contrasts her to the other members of society that are always updating their wardrobes at the speed which a Sickly Neurotic Geek sheds tissue paper.
- Housewife: Invoked; she built her and Malcolm's fortune, but refers to herself as "just a simple housewife".
- Not So Above It All: Compliments Rachel's dress in the film.
- Those Two Guys: With her sister Felicity in the film; they're always in the same scene together.
- Two Decades Behind: As evidence of her tight-fisted nature, she hasn't changed her apartment decor or wardrobe since 1991, with a yellowing out bathmat in the restroom and a fashion sense that her sister-in-law Eleanor and Kitty Pong describes as "dowdy".
Edison "Eddie" Cheng
Played By: Ronny Chieng
A private banker, Alexandra and Malcolm's eldest son and older brother of Cecilia and Alastair. Married to Fiona Tung and father of Constantine, Kalliste and Augustine.
- Abusive Parents: Threatens to kill his son for getting his suit dirty.
- Arc Villain: For the first half of Rich People Problems when Su Yi is dying and Eddie is scheming to keep Nick from visiting her so that he (Eddie) can inherit the estate when he thinks Nick and Astrid are disgraced.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Loves flaunting his wealth and doesn't see the point of having money if you can't show that you have money.
- Demoted to Extra: He isn't as prominent in the film as he is in the books, where he has several chapters dealing with his point-of-view.
- Dreadful Musician: His performance of "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler for Shang Su Yi's funeral leaves much to be desired.
- Fat Bastard: He's noticeably gaining weight, and at one point splits his pants.
- In-Series Nickname: Everyone refers to him as "Eddie".
- Jerkass: Cares for nothing but his own status, wealth and appearance.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the film, he crassly remarks that Nick and Rachel is an unequal partnership that will be looked down upon, pointing out that despite the fact that he married well, the family gave him grief. As it turns out, most of the other wealthy people in the Youngs circle reject Rachel because she is not from their background.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: For China Rich Girlfriend; he sets off the plot because he doesn't want to deal with Bao Shaoyen and passes her off to Eleanor. Eleanor sees that Bao Shaoyen's son resembles Rachel, prompting the search for Rachel's father and Eleanor approving of the match.
- Ungrateful Bastard: His parents may have been snobbish but they clearly loved their children and tried their best to make sure they had the right opportunities for education for their careers, Eddie looks down on his father as a "peasant" and his mother for being tight-fisted with money to the point where she has decorated since the early 1990s or updated her wardrobe since Thatcher was in office, never appreciating what he has and was given nor for the family he made with Fiona.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Su Yi's will is read and he doesn't really get anything but a pair of cuff links.
- Your Cheating Heart: He's a married man who keeps mistresses.
Played By: Remy Hii
Alexandra and Malcolm's younger son. At the beginning of the novels, he is dating a movie star named Kitty Pong.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He participates in the "revelries" at Colin's bachelor party in the film, and makes an insulting remark about Rachel that nearly makes Nick punch him.
- The Ditz: It's mentioned he isn't too bright, and barely scraped by at Columbia University.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Had the misfortune to give his heart to Kitty Pong.
- Nice Guy: In the books, he is close friend with Colin and his own cousin Nick and their friend Mehmet and shows up to the hospital when Rachel gets sick.
- Pair the Spares: In the epilogue, he marries Peik Lin.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Inherits 10% of the shares in Tyersall Park, something his elder brother Eddie did not receive.
Played By: Chris Pang
Nick's best friend from childhood. Engaged to Araminta Lee.
- Beneath the Mask: On the surface, Colin has a perfect life; he's wealthy, well-connected, pleasant company, and has a pretty and kind-hearted fiancé. However, he also suffers from an anxiety disorder and depression. Also counts as Broken Ace.
- Everyone Is Related: His mother is Harry Leong's sister, meaning that he and Astrid are first cousins. This also makes him distantly related to Nick.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nick.
- Missing Mom: His mother died when Colin was still a child.
- Raised by Grandparents: Colin's grandmother helped raise him after his mother died.
Played By: Sonoya Mizuno
Played By: Jimmy O. Yang
An old classmate of Nick and Colin's.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Downplayed, since while he's not evil he is definitely a Jerkass, but after his daughter Giselle is born, even if he is extremely snobbish about it, he seems to want her to live happily and well, with a Harvard education.
- Fat Bastard: The film version is noticeably chunkier than his classmates Nick and Colin, and much more unpleasant.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Neither Colin nor Nick can stand to be around him, and the only reason why he gets to plan Colin's bachelor party is because his father is a big shareholder in the Khoo business.
- The Hedonist: Loves living to excess.
- Jerkass: He was a bully while growing up, and when he plans Colin's bachelor party, it involves a whole lot of things that he'd like to do, not Colin. This includes dog fights.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His snobbish and perfectionist intentions raising his daughter really alienates his parents and wife saying his parents and Singapore are "too toxic" for Giselle. While it was heartbreaking for Carol to not see her grandchild, granted Bernard's assessment of his parents (father being busy with womanizing and making money and choosing to spend money on Bernard rather than quality time while mom never disciplined him and just spent time at her church) and the society he was raised in (super snobbish, elitist, narrow-minded, exclusive, and spendthrift and entitled with controlling people) isn't far from the truth.
- Lonely Rich Kid: According to Kitty, Bernard chose to separate his daughter from his parents because they were both "toxic", what with his father being too busy making money to spend time with him and throwing money at him while his mother Carol was too busy with her church (and by her own admission, she didn't do much to discipline Bernard and just prayed).
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Subverted hard. In the second book he tries to get plastic surgery to look like Christian Bale after watching The Dark Knight Rises, but the voice-activated machine mishears it and makes him look like Kristen Bell.
Played By: Tan Kheng Hua
Rachel's mother, who raised her as a single parent.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She had Rachel when she was about 19 years old and when Bao Gaoling a.k.a. Kao Wei sees her again, he remarks she is still as beautiful as she was when they were young.
- Domestic Abuse: On the receiving end from her ex-husband Zhou Fang Min.
- Good Parents: To Rachel, her worst trait being slightly naggy about Rachel giving her a grandchild, but she has encouraged Rachel's pursuits and left China with Rachel for her infant daughter's safety.
- Mama Bear: A big part of her backstory is that Kerry left her abusive husband's family when a servant disclosed about the in-law's planning to pour acid in one of Rachel's eyes so that Kerry can have a second child due to the loophole in the one child policy allowing another child if the first born was disabled, Kerry with the help of Kao Wei and her family, leaves China with Rachel.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left China for America when her husband's parents tried to pour acid in Rachel's eye.
- Self-Made Man: Made a respectable career out of real estate to support herself and Rachel, and managed to put Rachel through Stanford.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: Cheated on her husband Zhou Fang Min, who would abuse her. Her affair with her friend Kao Wei resulted in Rachel's conception.
Bao Gaoling, formerly Kao Wei
A Chinese politician and pharmaceutical billionaire.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: He sired Rachel when he was 17.
- Disappeared Dad: For Rachel. He had no idea that Rachel was his daughter and Kerry did not dare contact him in case Zhou Fang Min found out and killed him.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Rachel's father.
- Walking Spoiler: Rachel's father was thought to be dead. This is not the case.
Gaoling's wife and mother of Carlton.
Gaoling and Shaoyen's son.
- Accidental Murder: Accidentally killed one of his passengers in a car crash and the other is left paralyzed.
- Cool Car: Makes a living by importing cool cars and selling them to his friends.
- Drives Like Crazy: Likes to race cars down busy streets, which results in at least one fatality.
- Long-Lost Relative: He's Rachel's half-brother.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: His father is concerned about him not working and ever being competent enough to run the company, but he sells imported luxury sports cars on the side to his friends.
Goh Peik Lin
Played By: Awkwafina
Rachel's best friend from college. She's the daughter of a very wealthy Singaporean real estate developer.
- The Fashionista: Loves to go shopping and also helps Rachel to look presentable at Nick's family events.
- Interclass Friendship: She's best friends with middle-class Rachel.
- Nouveau Riche: Her family's money is very new, thanks to her grandfather founded a successful real estate development company.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's very rich, but far from being a snob, super generous with her money regarding Rachel and they good-naturedly discuss each other's backgrounds and views on spending.
Kitty Pong, later Tai, then Bing, formerly Pong Li Li
Played By: Fiona Xie
An actress and Alistair Cheng's girlfriend.
- Ascended Extra: She's a minor character in the first book, but becomes more and more prominent as the books proceed.
- Bad "Bad Acting": She's not a very good actress, but she gets parts because Alistair is her boyfriend.
- Didn't Think This Through: She didn't realize the reprecussions of dumping Alastair for Bernard Tai.
- Enemy Mine:
- With Carol Tai, she has nothing against her but the conservative Christian Carol finds her to be a common whore who stole her son; however Bernard's HeelFace Turn involved isolating the both of them from his and Kitty's daughter believing that Kitty is too dumb and Carol too toxic to properly influence the girl to go to Harvard. Kitty ends up taking the girl from Bernard's home in California to reunite her with Carol and ensures her former mother in law has a relationship with her only grandchild.
- In ''Rich People Problems]], she assists Nick in saving Tyresall Park to upstage Colette.
- Foil: To Rachel. She's the Gold Digger that most of the Young family thinks Rachel is.
- Gold Digger: Switches to a higher prospect whenever she sees one. In the present events, she goes from Alistair (the younger son of the Cheng family), to Bernard (only heir of his family), to Jack Bing (one of the richest men in China).
- Make-Out Kids: In the film, she and Alistair exuberantly kiss each other in almost every scene to the point of Running Gag.
- Mama Bear: She is fed up with the lifestyle that Bernard imposes on their toddler daughter and his isolating her and his mom from being a part of her life, that she takes the daughter to Singapore to live with her and build a relationship with Carol Tai.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Becomes one once she gets rich. One example has her getting upset over a milliner who introduces himself to her, due to mistaking it as bragging himself as a millionaire, and she responds it with, "Well, I'm a billionaire!"
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In the third book, she provides the last bit of money needed to outbid Jack Bing and allows Nick to save Tyersall Park from being torn down... all because she didn't want Colette to have a present.
- Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Got one of her first big breaks in the film industry after becoming the director's mistress, then worming her way into Alistair's affections.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Her son with Jack Bing is named Harvard.
Played By: Jing Lusi
A lawyer and daughter of Jacqueline Ling, Su Yi's goddaughter.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the film, she gets Francesca's scene where she has a gutted fish dumped in Rachel's quarters.
- Beta Bitch: She is aligned with Francesca in a bid to split her and Rachel up, but she seems less inclined to get with Nick (unless to get her mother's approval) because she already has a boyfriend from NYC and her own life there.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the film she's the most welcoming of the women at Araminta's bachelorette party (aside from Araminta herself), but instigates the actions against Rachel with the Dead Animal Warning.
- Karma Houdini: In the film, where she's a lot more malicious, she's never brought to book for the gutted fish message.
- Nepotism: Got a job with the Youngs because her mother is Shan Su Yi's goddaughter.
- Punch-Clock Villain: In the books, Nick gets the feeling that she feels sorry for the endless backstabbing to get his affections.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: She's the Rich suitor to Rachel's Poor suitor because of her mother's connections to the Young family. Since Francesca is Demoted to Extra in the film, this is played up there.
Played By: Nico Santos
A second cousin of Nick's on the maternal side.
- Almighty Janitor: Oliver's a self-proclaimed poor relation to the Youngs, but he can procure anything they want from golden koi fish to Huanghuali furniture to a rare Cambodian gong. He also does the dirty work on splitting up Alistair and Kitty and throwing the latter at Bernard Tai.
- Mr. Exposition: He's got a lot of dirt on the family, which makes him useful for explaining the family relations to Rachel.
Played By: Harry Shum Jr.
An old flame of Astrid's. Married to Isabel and they have two daughters: Chloe and Delphine.
- Demoted to Extra: In the film, he only shows up in The Stinger at Nick and Rachel's engagement party.
- Didn't See That Coming: He had no idea that Michael would take his newfound wealth so poorly.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Gave Michael a big boost in business so he and Astrid would get back together. It doesn't work when Michael takes a level in jerkass and starts abusing Astrid and Cassian.
- New Old Flame: He was going to be married to Astrid but her parents forced Astrid to break off the match because his family wasn't Old Money. As Michael's personality takes a turn for the worse, Charlie and Astrid rekindle their relationship.
- Nouveau Riche: His family hasn't had their money for as long a time as the Leongs, and that put paid to his prior engagement with Astrid.
Colette Bing, Countess of Palliser.
A very famous socialite and fashion blogger in China, who's also the daughter of a Chinese multi-billionaire. Carlton's on-and-off girlfriend.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her true colors come out when she mistakes Rachel's intention to respect Carlton's privacy as keeping her away from him.
- Blue Blood: In the third book, she marries a British-French nobility, making her a countess.
- Control Freak: Always wants everything to be perfect and done just as she exactly wants to.
- The Fashionista: She is China's top fashion blogger.
- Practically Different Generations: She and her stepmother Kitty Pong are close in age, so that makes her newborn brother Harvard more than 20 years apart.
One of the wealthiest men in China, he's Colette's father.
- Arc Villain: He's the antagonist for the second half of Rich People Problems because he wants to buy the land for Tyersall Park and Nick wants to save the house.
- Fiction 500: He's anywhere from the second to seventh richest man in China, depending on the reports.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Manages to be this in a society of people who hold racist and sexist views and look down on others not like them. The 2nd book has him declare his daughter to be his possession, he clearly regards both his wives as disposable, he states he wants his daughter to marry a man he picked out for her and have lots of grandsons for him. He also internally dismisses the Young sisters because they are so dowdy and declares to Kitty he can always get another wife.
Played By: Carmen Soo
The daughter of one of Eleanor's friends Nadine Shaw and another young woman vying for Nick's hand.
- Alpha Bitch: In the first book, with her actions against Rachel in effort break up her and Nick and she even drives one girls to tears when she tells this girl "the clock is ticking on your pretty face" and to marry super rich right away.
- Dead Animal Warning: Leaves a gutted fish in Rachel's bed with a message: "Catch this you gold-digging cunt".
- Demoted to Extra: She's much less important in the film than in the book, with only one line in the all-paid shopping spree that's barely heard.
- In the books she becomes more another symbol of the excesses of the wealthy and all their cutthroat ways.
- The Dragon: To Eleanor in the first book as the main person Eleanor uses to win Nick from Rachel and make her unwelcome in Singapore.
- Not So Different: Her actions after her grandfather wakes up from his coma show that she's as much of a Gold Digger as she thinks Rachel is, such as sleeping with a married man who dumps her, then marrying another man for his money.
- Rich Bitch: Not only she's snobbish, but she's also set out to basically make Rachel unwelcome while she's in Singapore and after her miserly grandfather wakes up from his coma and takes back the fortune and starts charging his son and his family for all they spent, Francesca laments to her parents about how they should have pulled the plug before he woke up.
- Socialite: She attends various social events with her mother and they also show up a lot in society magazines.