Jackie O Leaves Most to Children and Charity
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis left the bulk of her estate to her children and charity, with a plea that her privacy be guarded in death as it was in life.
In her 36-page will filed Wednesday in Surrogate Court, the former first lady left all her letters and other papers to her children, John Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.
The will asks her children to ″respect my wish for privacy with respect to such papers, letters and writings and ... to take whatever action is warranted to prevent the display, publication or distribution, in whole or in part.″
The will does not specify the value of Mrs. Onassis’ estate except to say it is worth more than $500,000.
Mrs. Onassis died of cancer at 64 on May 19. Her will, dated March 22, was executed by her companion, Maurice Tempelsman, and a friend, lawyer Alexander Forger.
Tempelsman had handled her finances since the death of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, and is thought to have at least quadrupled the $26 million she secured from the Greek shipping tycoon’s estate.
Mrs. Onassis left Tempelsman ″my Greek alabaster head of a woman″ and Forger her copy of President Kennedy’s inaugural address, signed by poet Robert Frost.
Mrs. Onassis also left each of her children $250,000 and the principal of a trust fund that Kennedy had left her.
The children also received Mrs. Onassis’ Fifth Avenue apartment, two properties in Martha’s Vineyard, furniture, rugs, art, silver, china, linen, glass and jewelry.
Mrs. Onassis asked her children to give whatever they don’t want to the Kennedy Library in Boston.
She also directed that any remaining assets be used to establish the C & J Foundation, named after her children’s initials.
The foundation will give to charities selected by the children and Tempelsman. Mrs. Onassis asked that charities ″making a significant difference in the cultural or social betterment of mankind or the relief of human suffering″ receive preference.
Onassis left nothing to her sister, Lee B. Radziwill, because ″I have already done so during my lifetime.″ She left Radziwill’s daughter and son the earnings of a $1 million trust fund for the next 10 years.