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Richard Mellon Scaife's will leaves his true wealth a mystery

The Chicago Tribune Review notes that when Pittsburgh billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife died on July 4, at the age of 82, his will left much of his extraordinary wealth undesignated, but he asked that his dogs go to a good home. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette estimates the conservative political activist’s fortune to be as much as $1.4 billion, but an accurate amount is unknown due to private trusts Scaife constructed throughout his lifetime. 

Only two beneficiaries, the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum in Chadd’s Ford, Pa., and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, were named. Scaife’s children were not mentioned in his will, but Scaife’s lawyer H. Yale Gutnick says that they and a collection of institutions that Scaife supported have been taken care of.
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