If there was ever a woman who defined the phrase “poor little rich girl,” it was Doris Duke. She was born into immense wealth and privilege, but nothing could stop heartbreak and controversy from coming for her in the most vicious way possible—even after she was gone. From quickie marriages to mysterious “accidents” and dark family secrets, Doris Duke took scandal to the next level.
1. The Richest Girl in the World
Besides her scandalous personal life, Doris Duke is most famous for her immense wealth. Duke’s fortune came from her father, a tobacco magnate named James Buchanan Duke who tragically passed when she was just 12 years old. But there was a golden lining to his passing: He left Doris and her mother Nanaline Holt Inman up to $100 million, which is about a billion dollars today.