Family of 104-Year-Old Heiress Seeks Guardianship

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The mystery surrounding the life and $500 million fortune of 104-year-old copper heiress Huguette Clark deepened this week with the filing of a petition by two of the heiress’s nieces and a nephew asking a Manhattan court to appoint a guardian to oversee her financial affairs.

Last month, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced that it was investigating the famously reclusive heiress’s longtime attorney Wallace Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler, who is a registered sex offender.

Today, Bock released a statement saying that he has carried out Clark’s wishes to the letter, and that the petitioners for guardianship are “nothing more than officious interlopers, all three of whom are virtual strangers to Ms. Clark, and with whom Ms. Clark has knowingly and assiduously avoided contact for decades.”

Huguette Clark has lived in virtual seclusion for most of her adult life.  Even Bock admits he has only seen her once or twice.  She reportedly moved from her posh 42-room Park Avenue co-op 20 years ago and is currently said to be living in a Manhattan hospital.

Clark’s father was U.S. Senator William A. Clark of Montana, who made his fortune in the Montana copper mines and was at one time the second richest man in America.  Among her properties is a 52-acre Connecticut estate now on the market for $24 million and a 23-acre mansion in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean that she has not visited in over 50 years.

You can learn more about the fascinating life of Huguette Clark on the MSNBC website that broke this story in August.

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