Pinoy nurse inherits $33 million from eccentric heiress
(SPOT.ph) Filipina nurse Hadassah Peri inherited $33 million from eccentric American heiress Huguette Clark, reports the New York Times Daily. Peri had been Clark's private duty nurse for 20 years. The 104-year-old Clark passed away on May 24.
In September 2010, Clark gave Peri nearly $2 million to buy four properties, including a $700,000 house in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and a $500,000 home on a golf course on Jersey Shore, reports New York Times Daily. According to Clark's lawyer, the money was a token for Peri's service. She worked 12-hour shifts caring for Clark and even moved hospitals when her wealthy charge transfered from Manhattan Doctors Hospital to Beth Israel Medical Center.
"I was her private duty nurse, but also her close friend," said Peri, a 60-year-old Philippine immigrant and a married mother three. "I knew her as a kind and generous person with whom I shared many wonderful moments and whom I love very much... I am profoundly sad at her passing (and) awed at the generosity she has shown me and my family."
In her will, which she made when she was 98, Clark wrote: "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." Instead, Clark left $500,000 each for her lawyer, Wallace Bock, 79, and her accountant, Irving Kamlser, 64, who is a convicted sex offender. Authorities are currently investigating whether the two manipulated Clark's finances.
The daughter of a copper mining tycoon and former senator, Clark had an estimated worth of $400 million. She led a reclusive life, with her last known photograph dated back in 1930. She had been living in hospitals under a false name for 22 years
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