Regal Trivia:Weird invisible rich Ella Wendel

After John Wendelā€™s death, the sisters remained in the house, until Ella Wendel was the only one left.…

After John Wendelā€™s death, the sisters remained in the house, until Ella Wendel was the only one left. Only one of the sisters hadĀ marriedā€”and not until she was well past childbearing age because John Wendel had been concerned about gold-diggers. This meant there was no one to inherit the vast fortune. Despite this, Ella Wendel carried on living exactly as she had before.


Regal Trivia:Weird invisible rich Ella Wendel
Regal Trivia:Weird invisible rich Ella Wendel

She had a fortune valued at $100 million, but she continued to live in the vast house alone, without modern amenities. Her only pleasure seemed to be herĀ dogs over the years, all of which were named Toby. At night, she would walk Toby on a vacant lot that they owned, which, following her brotherā€™s business principle, she would never sell, despite it being worth millions.

After Ellaā€™s death in 1931, over 2,000 ā€œrelativesā€ came forward to claim their share of the inheritance, almost all of whom were totally bogus. A large chunk of the estate was spent in legal fees fending off the claims, and the remainder went to charity.

So, totally worth it.

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