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Charles Darwin 'worth GBP 13m at death'

11th August 2010

Acclaimed naturalist Charles Darwin left more money in his will than celebrated Victorian author Charles Dickens, according to recently unveiled figures.

A new index of more than six million wills from the 19th and 20th centuries, published by Ancestry.co.uk, revealed that the On the Origin of Species writer left a personal estate of GBP 146,911, which would be worth around GBP 13 million today, on his death in 1882.

Dickens, on the other hand, had 'effects under GBP 80,000' when he passed away in 1870. In today's money, the Great Expectations author's estate would have been valued at around GBP 7.1 million.

The figures also reveal that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle left GBP 63,491, the equivalent of GBP 3 million, after his death in 1931, while Lewis Carroll's estate was worth GBP 4,145, or GBP 450,000, when he died in 1898.

However, anti-capitalist philosopher Karl Marx, perhaps appropriately, left just GBP 250 to his daughter Eleanor in 1883. She would have received only GBP 23,000 today.

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