|About the Book|
To be the richest person in the graveyard is an ambition that holds little appeal for even the most materialistic of us. Yet, the fortunes of the dead hold a fascination for the living – a fascination aided and abetted by the State, which allows aMoreTo be the richest person in the graveyard is an ambition that holds little appeal for even the most materialistic of us. Yet, the fortunes of the dead hold a fascination for the living – a fascination aided and abetted by the State, which allows a man’s criminal record, his political activities and his excesses in any walk of life to die with him, but keep his estate publicly on file for succeeding generations. While alive, we have our savings zealously guarded by our bank, our investments and dealings kept secret by our accountants who act like priests in a fiscal confessional, and the tax collector is sworn to secrecy by the government he serves. Nevertheless, the dead have no rights, and the former secrecy is replaced first by public announcement, then by access on request in official files.Right or wrong though the system may be, it will never be changed, and the curious can probe through the pages that follow to learn the fortunes of the famous.Perhaps the biggest surprise comes with the realization that talent or ability does not necessarily attract what one would consider to be fitting rewards. Great thinkers often do not amass great wealth, seemingly having preferred spiritual pleasures to the hoarding of worldly goods.Many a socialist, it can be seen, did not wait for all others to be equally well off, but forged ahead building a nest-egg for himself, just as a number of conservatives evidence a liking for spending rather than conserving.This book contains the amount left by over 420 celebrities, politicians, authors and business people including Princess Diana, Charles Dickens, Sigmund Freud, James Barrie, Morecambe & Wise, Rudyard Kipling, The Krays, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Benny Hill, Henry Cooper, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Bob Monkhouse, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Keith Moon, Bobby Moore and Michael Foot.