Alexander McQueen’s Will Revealed - Fortune Split Among Dogs, Family, Charities


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  McQueen's dogs in the exhibit
"My Most Treasured" at Browns, in 2008.

The great Alexander McQueen may no longer be with us, but his recently revealed will has shown that his spirit will live on in many ways.

After McQueen’s death on February 11, 2010, the designer left £16,036,500 behind (about $26.3 million, at current exchange rates).

According to the Telegraph, he bequeathed £250,000 (about $410,000) to each of his three sisters and two brothers, £50,000 (about $82,000) to his godson, each of his nieces and nephews, and each of his two former housekeepers.

McQueen’s will also reportedly included a provision stating that £50,000 should be put into a trust and used to care for his dogs for the rest of their lives. At the time of his death, police officers found a book at his flat on which “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee” had been written.

In addition to providing for his pets, McQueen left £100,000 to two animal charities: the Battersea Dogs and Cats home, and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire, as well as another £100,000 to the Terrence Higgins Trust, an HIV and sexual heath charity, and £100,000 for the London Buddhist Centre.

The remainder of his estate was put into a trust for his own Sarabande charity, which will reportedly be used to fund bursaries, or grants, for students at Central St. Martins in London, McQueen’s alma mater.

In related news, check out the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, which features a gown also called Sarabande.

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