Montana, Heirs Left Out of Clark Fortune

Aaron Flint posted on June 23, 2011 14:59 :: 1446 Views

No money for her family, and- unless I am missing something- no money for Montana connected charities (sorry Gov Schweitzer).  This, as’s Bill Dedman obtains a copy of Huguette Clark’s will.  Huguette was the heiress to Montana Copper King- Senator William Clark.  

Bill Dedman has the latest in this intriguing story at

“I intentionally make no provision in this my Last Will and Testament for any members of my family, whether on my paternal or maternal side, having had minimal contacts with them over the years,” it said. “The persons and institutions named herein as beneficiaries of my Estate are the true objects of my bounty.”

The remainder of the estate, roughly $100 million before taxes, is divided in this fashion:

•Sixty percent of the remainder goes to her longtime nurse, Hadassah Peri, who already received from Clark cash to buy four homes worth about $2 million. The nurse also gets Clark’s extensive collection of French and Japanese dolls. This amount will be about $33 million after taxes.
•A goddaughter, Wanda Styka, gets 25 percent, or roughly $12 million after taxes. Her father, Polish painter Tade Styka, was supported by the Clarks.
•And 15 percent goes to the Bellosguardo Foundation, or roughly $8 million after taxes.


VIDEO: No Funeral for Clark Fortune Heiress

The Today Show on NBC covers the story of Huguette Clark, the heiress to the former Montana Copper King- Senator William Clark.  See the live shot from one of her New York City estates, and video of her other mansions.  Plus- how there was no mass, no funeral, and no family to say goodbye as Huguette Clark.  Watch the report from The Today Show by clicking the video below.

Bill Dedman with originally broke the reclusive tale and has the latest:

With no funeral and with her relatives barred from paying their last respects, the reclusive heiress Huguette M. Clark was entombed Thursday morning as she had lived, with solitude and secrecy.

Before the public gates opened at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., her casket was carried by funeral home employees up the 18 steps of the Clark family mausoleum. The massive bronze door was open, leading to a private chapel with gold-inlaid ceiling, a tile mosaic floor, and an altar with the inscription, “Nearer My God to Thee.” A single bouquet of daisies was placed by the door. The only people in attendance were employees of the cemetery and the company that supervised a restoration of the mausoleum.  

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