Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mandela’s Will Revealed


The executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate have revealed the details of the anti-apartheid leader’s will.

His estate, worth around $4.1 million, will be split between his family, his staff, schools he had attended, and the African National Congress.  The main beneficiary is his third wife, Graca Machel, who has the right to half of the estate under South African marital law as long as she claims it within 90 days. 

Although Mandela's large family was involved in a number of high-profile disputes when Mandela's health was declining and after his death, it appears the will reading went smoothly.  One executor, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, said “I am not aware of any contest of any type and the will has been duly lodged and accepted.” 

See Christopher Torchia, South Africa: Nelson Mandela’s Estate Worth $4.1M, The Detroit News, Feb. 3, 2014; see also Zandi Shabalala & Tiisetso Motsoeneng, Nelson Mandela Leaves $4 Million Estate to Family, Staff, ANC, Yahoo!, Feb. 3, 2014.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law), Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.), David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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