Sunday, January 24, 2010 , Posted by Admin at 7:46 PM
The Portuguese aristocrat who left his fortune to 70 total strangers randomly chosen from a phone directory
Luis Carlos de Noronha Cabral da Camara made an unusual distribution of his money after his death: 70 people listed in a Lisbon phone directory were contacted out of the blue after his death to be told he had made them his beneficiaries. They had been chosen at random from the directory, in front of two witnesses at a registry office 13 years before. It certainly came as a shock to them. In the first place, people do not, as a rule, make wills in Portugal. In the second, Portuguese aristocrats are getting thin on the ground, let alone eccentric ones. In the third - to be chosen by phone directory? No wonder that some feared they were being scammed.
The homeless brothers who inherited more than 100 million euros
They learned of their good fortune after homelessness charity workers in Hungary were contacted by lawyers handling the estate of the brothers' maternal grandmother who died recently in Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany. Under German law direct descendents are automatically entitled to a share of any estate - that would pass from their dead mother to them.
The student who inherited almost a billion euros from an uncle he hadn't seen for a decade
The richest woman in Asia gave away her multi-billion-US-dollar fortune to a feng shui master in return for a promise of eternal life
The question is, why would Chan ask Wang to put him in her will if he had ensured her she would live forever, or at least for a very long time?
The waitress who inherited a little fortune from a customer
The Argentine maid who recived $40m after a judicial battle that involved a corpse's robbery
If all of that wasn't enough material for a soap opera, six weeks after Eva began legal proceedings, Otero's tomb was desecrated and his corpse exchanged for another. To establish Paole's relation to Otero, authorities used the remains of the land baron's mother, Justina Porras instead.
The teenager who inherited an Island with a buried treasure
So now the hunt is on, and while finding Samuel's hidden thermos of precious gems is far from a sure bet, the family is confident that it will soon turn up somewhere on (or under) the island's 36 acres.
The Terrier who inherited a $12m fortune
The money for Trouble's upkeep was left in the hands of her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who inherited $10m himself.
The man who left part of his inheritance to the woman who would give birth to the most children 10 years after his death
The will was full of playful bequests. But the final bequest of his will was the largest and strangest. In the will's ninth clause, Millar's estate's balance was required to be converted to cash ten years after his death and given to the woman who gave birth to the most children in that time. In the event of a tie, the bequest would be divided equally. The resulting contest became known as the Great Stork Derby.
The homeless who fled police while bringing him news of a $6-million inheritance
The (un)lucky man has never been found.