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Wealthy duchess gives fortune away to marry

Posted by on Aug. 8, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (yes, that's one name) is one of the wealthiest women in all of Spain. She is worth somewhere between $850 million and $5 billion--but not for long. The Duchess of Alba, 85, is giving it all away so she can marry the man she loves.

This sounds like a plot to the latest Nicholas Sparks novel, but we assure you, this is nonfiction to the core. So, why is she giving her vast fortune away? The duchess's six children were dubious about their mother's plans to marry Alfonso Diez, a civil servant who is 24 years younger.

To help assuage their fears that the love may not be genuine, the duchess is going to give her fortune to her children. According to an article from the BBC, the duchess's six children had been against the wedding. Earlier this year, the duchess remarked, "Alfonso doesn't want anything. All he wants is me."

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TheJerseyGirl
by on Aug. 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

 Awww...what we do for love.

But $850 million?? The woman has clearly lost her mind!

sheri305
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Must be nice to even have that option,*sigh*.

lalasmama2007
by on Aug. 8, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Wow!

Dannille33
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2011 at 6:16 AM
Dang!
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sweetsurprise13
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM

omg. 

singlemomof2nok
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM

 There has to be a catch somewhere.

JasonsMom2007
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Wow
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Liansmommie
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 1:28 AM

That is not what I would call giving it away. it would have gone to them anyway.

usmclife58
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Oh wow

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