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The 15 aristocrats who are richer than the Queen
The Duke of Marlborough has died at the age of To me, he was not only the vice-president of my association but also a good man and friend. The Duke was a cousin of Winston Churchill, who was his godfather, and he was also distantly related to the late Princess Diana. The palace in Oxfordshire was built in the early 18th century in the opulent baroque style. The birthplace of Churchill, the 4, hectare 12, acres estate has rooms, dwarfing Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The palace was built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, as a reward for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians during the war of the Spanish succession. The duke had been married four times and has four surviving children two from his first marriage to Susan Hornby of the WH Smith dynasty, and two from his third marriage to Rosita Spencer-Churchill.
He is the eldest surviving son of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and his first wife, Susan Mary Hornby. He is also a stepbrother of Christina Onassis by the second marriage of his father with Athina Livanos. Born in Oxford. In , he spent a month in prison for forging prescriptions. On the death of his father in , the Daily Mail reported that he would inherit the title and quoted a spokeswoman for Blenheim Palace, who said "it was 'too early to say' if he will chose sic to live in the palace, which is open to the public. However, the Oxford Mail reported that "A palace spokesman declined to comment on whether the 12th Duke who had a well-publicised drug addiction [would] inherit his family's residence , but it is understood he could become a trustee of the companies that run it. On 24 June , he appeared in a BBC Television documentary, Famous, Rich and Homeless , in which famous people were filmed spending three nights in the open with nothing but a sleeping bag, though he refused to "sleep rough".
Bar an unfortunate incident at the age of 13, when he accidentally peppered Viscount Cowdray's gamekeeper with gunshot during a grouse shoot, the life of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill has been remarkable for its level-headedness. Even his glitzy showbusiness connections - hanging out with rapper P Diddy, and dating Jonathan Aitken's love child, glossy model Petrina Khashoggi - have not drawn him into the kind of misadventures that have plagued his half-brother Jamie the Marquess of Blandford.
Winston Churchill played a significant role in modern UK politics. But in terms of net worth, how wealthy was Winston Churchill anyway? But the truth about his net worth may actually surprise you. Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. For over years, it served as the Churchill ancestral family home, mausoleum, and later on a national monument. His mother was Jennie Jerome, a socialite from the Untied States.