Huguette Clark is one of the strangest millionaire heiresses in history and one of the richest women in America, although her name doesn’t grace the pages of Forbes or Fortune. Now 104 years old, property records show Clark owns massive estates in Connecticut, California, and on New York’s Fifth Avenue. As per the story on NBC’s Today Show, though, she hasn’t visited any of her homes in decades! (Looks like Carlos Slim won’t be bumping into her now that he owns the Duke Semans Mansion.) Her Fifth Avenue Apartment is the largest on the famous street and consists of 42 rooms! The staff there have only seen her a few times in more than 30 years. It cost more than 3x the amount of the original Yankees Stadium.
Included in her massive real estate portfolio, Huguette Clark owns a $100+ million estate named “Bellosguardo” in Santa Barbara, California. She hasn’t been there in decades but it is still flawlessly kept by the staff. Likewise, Clark’s mansion in Connecticut is “immaculate” according to one Yahoo story, which goes on to point out that Huguette “has never even visited it.”
According to various sources, two reporters – Bob Dotson and Bill Dedman – tried to track Huguette Clark down and found her in a low-rent hospital room despite her enormous fortune. The hospital was located in New York City but Huguette asked for her location not to be disclosed; the reporters honored her request. She says she is content and that a large inherited fortune was a hindrance to being happy.
How Huguette Clark Inherited Her Money
Huguette Clark was an heir to the fortune her father, Senator William Andrews Clark of Montana, who amassed ownership of mines, banks, and railroads. When he died, he passed this fortune onto his daughter. When she was born, her father was 62 and her mother was 23 – and there is no record that they were ever married. Her father once owned the land that we now call Las Vegas.
The Strangest Part of the Story: The Huguette Clark Properties Have Been Maintained!
All of these fantastic and fabulous buildings, mansions, estates, and apartments? They have been meticulously cared for all of these years despite the owner not living in any of them! As one neighbor called it, it is like a “secret garden”.
Relatives and friends told NBC and news sources that Huguette “changed” after her mother died and withdrew from society. This story is just … bizarre.
Pictures of Huguette Clark Mansions and Properties
More Information About Huguetta Clark
The biggest source of information about Huguetta Clark is from NBC’s Today Show from MSNBC, which includes archives of recent news stories about her and the battle for her estate.