The recent passing of Hugette Clark has thrown her life into the spotlight, a place she spent her life avoiding. Hugette passed away just a few weeks short of her 105th birthday, she had spent the past two decades living in hiding in a sparse hospital room in Beth Israel under an assumed name. Her only company, her nurse of 20 years, her accountant and lawyer. All three of whom are under scrutiny for mismanagement of funds and influence particularly since Huguette's most recent will bequeaths a large portion of her $400 million fortune to them and gives nothing to her living relatives. In fact her nurse is estimated to receive $50 million dollars in addition to the 4 homes, millions of dollars and Bentley she was gifted during Huguette's lifetime. Both Huguette's accountant and attorney are being investigated by the district attorney for gross professional misconduct and mismanagement of Ms Clark's funds.
*A few of the Huguette baubles Christies are putting on auction, expected to fetch $9 - $12 million*
*The video below, gives a brief history of what we know about Huguette and her fortune*
Huguette's estate will likely be tied up in court for some time but many of her personal belongings and properties are being liquidated. Perhaps most notably her extensive and astounding jewellery collection that will be auctioned off at Christies, New York.
*This stunning emerald cut diamond will be auctioned off with the rest of the collection and is expected to fetch $2 - $3million*
Huguette's life story has captured a great deal of attention in recent months, and yet we have only seen a glimpse of her story. With many books in the works and legal battles being fought we will likely learn much more about Huguette in the years to come.