Huguette Clark:Mystery Surrounds 104-Year-Old Heiress Who Is Alone


Huguette Clark:Mystery Surrounds 104-Year-Old Heiress Who Is Alone – Huguette Clark has long since been a mysterious figure in the world of the American society of age and wealth. But recent looks into her life, her fortune, and her past have caused more speculation than ever, specifically about who is looking out for her.

Clark lives in a single room in a New York hospital now, where she just turned 104 this month. But she has three empty homes, all kept but not lived in for several decades. Instead, she has always chosen to stay away from her two mansions and large Manhattan apartment, and live a life filled with one room, dolls, and cartoons.

Huguette Clark

Her estate is handled by a handful of lawyers (who allowed her $6M precious Stradivarius violin to be sold without her knowledge), and an accountant. But the accountant has had his own share of scandals, such as being well behind on his income taxes, and having been registered as a sex offender with several felonies behind the charge.

She has no children, her relatives have apparently been barred from visiting her by those caring for her estate, and has only one friend who is suffering Alzheimer’s, and so unable to be with her, and she is single.
All of this raises the question of what is being done with her homes, her millions, and health? Who is watching out for her, and where will everything go when she passes? Her legendary reclusive nature, which has endured well beyond her elderly life, leaves us without answers.


  1. I found out about Ms. Clark from and article on msn. I think people should leave her alone. They only care about any of this due to the fact she has money. I feel for her and pray she has some people that really love her and make her feel that love. Lord be with her!

  2. Here are all the links for our stories on Huguette Clark, the reclusive 104-year-old heiress with three empty mansions, and the men controlling her money: “The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery.”

    All our coverage is collected here:

    Part one: At 104, mysterious heiress is alone now
    Relatives are kept away. Only her accountant and attorney visit. Who protects Huguette Clark, with 3 empty homes and no heirs?

    Part two: Who is watching Huguette’s millions?
    Reclusive heiress’s assets are sold by two advisers, one an accountant with a felony conviction. Another elderly client signed over his property to the same accountant and attorney.

    The original slideshow and narrative:

    Notes and sources, with more detail, references and trivia:

    A PDF file for easy printing, with large photos, is linked from this page:

    Directly to the PDF file:

    The TODAY Show follow-up video:

    A background piece at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school, about our use of the slideshow to tell the original story:

    Bill Dedman
    investigative reporter |, the most-visited news Web site, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC
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    • Fascinating story to find out about, yet I feel really bad for Huguette and the disruption of her privacy she placed so much value on. There will be no peace for her anymore. Good job Bill…

  3. Sadly, were she any one of several million women who languish in penniless neglect all over this great country, not one newspaper running this story would give a gnat’s shit about her wellbeing. The truth is that they don’t even now; it’s her money, not her life, that is the subject of all and any inquiry these media sponsor into the affairs of Huguette Clark. She has no value beyond her millions, and this fact, coupled with the acceptance thereof by society at its mediated large, are the true tragedy of this story.