A little care and affection went a long way for hard-up agency nurse as she found herself receiving millions of pounds worth of gifts by one of the world’s wealthiest women.
When Filipino nurse Hadassah Peri was working abroad, she didn’t know that she would be the personal caregiver of one of the richest women in the world.
Her client is Huguette Clark, the youngest child of Sen. William Clark. The good old statesman made a lot of money from copper mines.
He even once went head to head against the famous John Rockefeller as the richest man in the United States.
When Senator Clark pass3d away, Huguette, his 18-year-old daughter automatically inherited the bulk of his fortune.
After a quick marriage to law student William Gower, son of her father’s colleague, she went into recluse and has not been photographed since 1928.
She never remarried and never had any children. She lived a solitary life away from society.
In the late ’80s, opted to stay in a h0spital care facility instead of one of her many luxurious apartments.
At this time,Hadassah Peri became her nurse.
Clark and Peri had little in common, but they did share a strong Cath0lic upbringing. Peri, as her nurse, would take care of Clark, spending 12 hours a day, seven days a week with her.
After a while, they became friends, and Clark started giving her nurse luxurious gifts.
Among the gifts included seven homes, a Bentley car, a Cezanne painting, and an antique violin. Clark also paid the medical bills and tuition fees of Peri’s family.
These even included the monetary penalties after an unexpected tax bill.
Upon Clark’s demise in 2011, Peri received millions worth of gifts.
She took care of the heiress 20 years. In addition to these, Clark also gave Peri over ₱500 million in her will.
Unfortunately, this angered many of Clark’s relatives, most of whom the heiress never even met. They started a massive legal battle to invalidate the will and acquire the cash for themselves.
By September 2014, the court gave its final decision.
Peri had to give up the cash given in her name, and she was asked to pay back about 183 million worth of gifts to Clark’s relatives, but the rest she can keep for herself.
Despite of her story being almost a decade old, many are still fascinated of it. For some, Peri’s narrative seems too good to be true and it’s as it came from a fictional book.
What can you say?