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Irene Wells Pennington

Death: Jul 17, 2003

Nationality: United States

Irene Wells Pennington

Date of Death : Jul 17, 2003

Irene Wells Pennington was the widow of Claude B. "Doc" Pennington, a wealthy oilman from Louisiana. When he was well into his 90s and losing his touch mentally, she had him declared mentally incompetent and took charge of his fortune, estimated by Forbes at $600 million. She straightened out financial irregularities and replaced managers then and shortly after his death, before largely retiring herself. This drew considerable attention, not only because of the substantial value of the fortune, but because of the fact of a senile nonagenarian's affairs being taken over by someone actually slightly older than he. The Pennington family still owns substantial land in southern Louisiana. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center was named for the family.

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