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Tobacco heiress leaves most of estate to charity

Published Nov. 3, 1993|Updated Oct. 10, 2005

Doris Duke, once the "richest girl in the world," left behind a $1.2-billion estate, about $1-billion of which her will says will go to a new charitable foundation named for her.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Duke University are to receive $10-million each, according to the will, filed in court Monday. The New York Zoological Park in the Bronx was to receive $1-million.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will be given more than $1-billion and is expected to provide funding for a variety of causes and foundations including those dealing with the environment and prevention of cruelty to children and animals.

The tobacco heiress died Thursday of progressive pulmonary edema, a buildup of fluid in the lungs that caused cardiac arrest. She was 80.

Duke was 12 when her father died in 1925 and left the bulk of his estate to his only child.

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