Jackie Kennedy Didn’t Leave Sister Lee Radziwill A Penny Starting at $43.7 Million Fortune

Although sibling rivalry can be common in many homes, it is often ended when adulthood arrives. However, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her sister Caroline Lee Radziwill’s feud became a decades-long affair, which saw Jackie leave her sister nothing in her will.  

Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Lee Radziwill and their sister Caroline had a typical childhood. They spent their summers in Long Island’s East Hampton, and their winters at their Park Avenue apartment. The sisters were close as children but this was soon to change.

After marrying John F. Kennedy, Jackie became one of America’s most admired and beloved first ladies. Radziwill on the other side struggled to escape the shadow cast upon her by her sibling and struggled with her identity for many years.

Jackie Kennedy photographed during a picnic held in the 1960s. Insets: Jackie’s sister Caroline Lee Radziwell [Left]Jackie and her two children J. F. Kennedy Jr. & Caroline Kennedy Source: Getty Images[Middle] | Source: Getty Images

Radziwill was desperate to establish herself as a socialite, interior designer, public relations executive at Giorgio Armani, and actress. One of her husbands even gave Radziwill the title of Princess.

Although she was trying to get the spotlight, all of this would be in an effort to make her sister feel better. She would also forever damage her relationship with her sister, when she had an affair, John, her brother. F. Kennedy.

Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill), and Jacqueline Bouvier, her sister (future Jackie Kennedy), on September 15, 1951. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

Authors of the book “The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee”DailyMail wrote about the sister’s relationship. Reports:

“The relationship between the two was extremely close yet threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.”

Jacqueline Kennedy and Caroline Lee Radziwill, the Bouvier sisters (in blue) and their daughters Caroline (in beige) walking dogs in St James Park, London, 13 May 1965. Source: Getty Images| Source: Getty Images

Their relationship was strained and bitter. This would continue for the rest of their lives. When Jackie passed on in 1994, her will revealed that she did not leave her sister anything in her estimated 100 million dollar estate. 


Many news reports stated that Jackie’s estate had a value of $100 million when she died in 1994. Other publications say that some of her estates had previously auctioned for fantastic prices, prompting the Internal Revenue Service to audit the property, which they then estimated to be close to $73 million.

Finally, she appointed executors. Valuation of the estateOnly $43.7 million It was only $43.7 million. 

Jackie Kennedy and Caroline Lee Radziwill walking through London streets.Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

The sister had only grown apart over the years. After Radziwill had an affair with Kennedy, Jackie was furious but kept her cool for years, silently planning her revenge.  

Radziwill invited Aristotle Onassis, Kennedy’s sister, to the funeral. Although initially believed that Radziwill had planned it, other reports claim that Jackie insisted on inviting him over to help her execute her plan.Source: Getty Images 

U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy pose with their family on Christmas Day at the White House, Washington, D.C., December 25, 1962. [Left-Right]: Caroline Kennedy, unidentified, John F. Kennedy Jr.,  Anthony Radziwill, Prince Stanislaus Radziwill, Lee Radziwill, and their daughter, Ann Christine Radziwill. | Source: Getty Images

Jackie Radziwill, and Onassis knew each other back in 1963 when Onassis welcomed them with unmatched hospitality on the Greek islandle. This was where Jackie had been going to recuperate from the heartache that her son Patrick had died. Schoenberger and Kashner co-authored the book. Write of Onassis:

“His presence introduced an element of levity in those somber days, and even Jackie was seen walking arm in arm with him down White House corridors.”

Radziwill was in love and in love with Onassis. When she invited him to stay at The White House after Kennedy’s funeral, she hoped to rekindle past friendships. She hoped to become Onassis’ wife. 

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Jackie won the race and married the man of Jackie’s dreams, further fueling the animosity between them. Jackie would eventually leave because of this hostility. “not even a memento” to her sister. Jackie In her will: 

“I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime.”


Jackie Kennedy, the First Lady of America, photographed with John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (circa 1961).Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

When Jackie’s estate was estimated at more than $100 million, there had been widespread speculation that charities would receive as much as $192 million while the grandchildren would inherit perhaps $98 million.

She left her most of her wealth to her family, as well as to close friends and relatives, after her 1994 death from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

Jackie Kennedy with Caroline Kennedy and John. F. Kennedy Jr. in Ireland during a six week holiday.Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

The majority of people in the United States are automatically assumed to be Her fortuneJohn, her two sons, was the beneficiary. F. Kennedy Jr., and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Jackie received the 15-room Fifth Avenue apartment from Maurice Tempelsman (millionaire financier).

They kept all the contents of the apartment including furniture and other valuables. Additionally, they received $250,000 each in cash plus the principal from the trust fund their father had established.

They also became the proud owners of two pieces of property in Martha’s Vineyard and got to keep Jackie’s papers. They were required to “take whatever action warranted to prevent the display, publication or distribution in whole or in part of these papers, letters, and writings.”

Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her brother John F. Kennedy Jr. joined their mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at J.F.K. Source: Getty Images Library| Source: Getty Images

Jackie did not leave her sister anything but she did leave Radziwill the income from a $1M trust. Nancy Tuckerman, her sister, was the one she left. “close friend, and confidant”Long-term spokesperson, $250,000. 

Rachel Mellon from Middleburg ReceivedTwo Indian paintings “in appreciation of her designing the Rose Garden in the White House.”Jackie left Attorney Alexander Forger, another of her friends. A signed copy of JFK’s inaugural address by Robert Frost was left to him.

Jackie’s stepbrother Hugh Auchincloss inherited the Hammersmith Farm in Newport Rhode Island from her mother. Here, Jackie and Auchincloss shared a lot of their childhood. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her children John Jr. & Caroline Kennedy attend the opening of the renovated John F. Kennedy Library.Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

Tempelsman was Jackie’s longtime partner and she was appointed the estate’s executor. Jackie described it as a Greek statue. “my Greek alabaster head of a woman.”

The rest of the estate went to the C&J Foundation, a charitable trust that would be dissolved after 24 years and would go to Jackie’s grandchildren — Rose, Tatiana, and John Schlossberg, all of who were from daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

Jackie’s estate was worth more than expected because she inherited millions of dollars from Onassis. However, reports claim that she had given substantial amounts to charities before her death. 


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