Tiger Lily, 18, 'To Receive Little Or No Inheritance' From Rock Star Dad Michael Hutchence's Will

14/08/2014 17:03 | Updated 20 May 2015

Tiger Lily, 18, 'to receive little or no inheritance' from Michael Hutchence's will

Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof is unlikely to benefit from her father Michael Hutchence's will now she has turned 18. Her birthday was last week (July 22).

According to Australian magazine, New Idea, the only daughter of Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates is understood to be entitled to very little financial support from her late father's estate, even though he was worth an estimated AU$30million (£16.3 million) at the time of his death in 1997.

The teenager, who bears a striking resemblance to the INXS singer, was left an orphan after losing her mother to an accidental heroin overdose just three years after her father's death at the age 37.

She was adopted by Paula's ex Bob Geldof but has since lived a life of relative obscurity and, of course, suffered another tragic loss with the death of her half sister Peaches in April.

But after she turned 18, the question of whether she would inherit her father's wealth has come under the spotlight – and according to the rock star's family, Tiger Lily is unlikely to receive much at all.

Michael's brother Rhett Hutchence speaks of his outrage over the arrangement in the latest issue of the magazine.

He said his brother never intended to leave his daughter penniless, saying: "He would have hated this outcome to his will. He wanted his family to have his hard earned wealth."

Aside from the royalties earned from his musical success, Hutchence was thought to have boasted an extensive property portfolio, owning luxurious homes in London, the south of France and Indonesia, as well as multiple properties on Australia's Gold Coast.

However, the magazine reports that Hutchence's lawyer and an executor of his will, Andrew Paul, said a complex series of legal arrangements designed to protect his income from divorce, tax and paternity actions resulted in the musician's assets being locked away in private trusts to which his family have no access following his death.

Rhett, 52, explained: "Michael thought he had control of his assets but in the end, it only worked with Michael still alive. On his death he owned little or nothing."

Hutchence drew up his will the year before he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room and bequeathed the first $500,000 of his estate was bequeathed to Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Of the rest, half was to be divided equally among his mother, father, brother, half sister and the late Paula Yates.

The other half was to go to Tiger Lily.

In an affidavit in 1998, barrister Andrew Young, who drafted the 1996 will, said: "He told me that his principal concern was his daughter, Tiger Lily, and that he had 'structured his financial affairs' to help her."

However, just a few weeks before his death the position had changed, and Hutchence told his mother Patricia Glassop: "Mum, there's virtually no money left."

An executor's report released in 2005 reported that at the time of his death, Hutchence had a mere $506 in cash and an additional $572 in a bank shared by the band.

The singer's relatives say they were nevertheless shocked to discover that properties worth millions which Hutchence had told them he owned, were not in fact his to give away.

Adding to their heartache, the publishing rights and royalties from his music and record sales were also not included in his estate.

For two years his mother and half sister Tina fought Paul and Australian financier Colin Diamond, the expert behind Hutchence's complicated investments and property empire, through the courts.

The matter was eventually settled out of court, with the family compensated in return for dropping their claim.

However, it's unlikely singer Tiger Lily – whose full name is Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily - will be left financially destitute, after being raised by her adoptive father Sir Bob Geldof as his own.

She's also believed to receive a handsome payout from a recent television mini series based on the life of her pop star father.


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