Here’s an idea. Find the oldest nearly deceased billionaire in the neighborhood, put on a pair of red pumps, undo the first two buttons, show them your Playboy tear sheets and casually announce ‘you could just die there right now.’
That in a nutshell is what happened to Anna Nicole Smith, who ended up dying herself shortly after her billionaire husband passed away leaving her a potential contested estate worth $1.6 billion dollars. A sham of a marriage? Let’s put it this way, beauty always finds money, especially money that is about to croak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Anna Nicole Smith’s estate will get none of the more than $300 million the late Playboy model claimed a Texas billionaire to whom she was briefly married meant to leave her after he died.
The ruling came in a 15-year legal battle that started in a sleepy Houston probate court and stretched all the way to the U.S Supreme Court.
It initially pitted Smith against the son of J. Howard Marshall over the $1.6 billion estate the oil tycoon left after his 1995 death at age 90. J. Howard Marshall had wed Smith the year before when she was 26.
Either way that’s $20 million a year. If we could fit into a pair of red pumps we’d try it too. Bless Howard and Anna, we’re sure they were deeply in love with each other. Sort of.