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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, March 3, 2014

World’s Richest Manservant Sharing Fortune


Kent Adonai, Lord Glenconner’s valet and carer for 30 years, inherited Glenconner’s £30 million fortune instead of 20-year-old grandson Cody Tennant.

Tennant, who became the fourth Baron Glenconner, was set to inherit the family estate until Lord Glenconner rewrote his will seven months before his death in 2010 at the age of 83.  Glenconner’s widow, Lady Anne, was also shocked to learn she had been left out of the will.

Adonai inherited Lord Glenconner’s Indian-style mansion, art, jewelry, and 192 acres of shorefront development land.  As part of a settlement, Adonai has agreed to share the sought-after Caribbean property with Tennant, which could potentially make him a multi-millionaire.  Although the grounds of the will contest were not revealed, ambiguous language in the will, or the fact that Glenconner had been battling cancer, may have led Adonai to settle. 

See Sharon Churcher & Colin Maximin, Manservant Who Was Left £30m by Lord Glenconner WILL Share It with Peer’s Grandson, Daily Mail, March 1, 2014.


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