If there were a Hall of Fame for bad ideas, the tycoon featured in this story would definitely make it in on the first ballot.

A married Chinese tycoon who could no longer afford to support his five mistresses during the credit crunch held a contest to decide which one to keep.

But when one of the women was eliminated because of her looks, she decided to take revenge – and drove her former lover and her four competitors off a cliff.

The eliminated mistress was the only person killed in the crash. And even though he survived the incident, his relationships with his wife and the remaining mistresses did not.