Betty Whites will – £61m estate given to dogs, house torn down, humble grave

It’s been an entire year since we lost Golden Girls icon Betty White.

She died of natural causes at the age of 99 at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, on December 31 2021 – just weeks away from her 100th birthday.

Her agent and pal Jeff Witjas announced in a statement to People: “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever.

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"I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."

But who did her multi-million pound estate go to? Daily Star takes a look.

Eye-watering net worth

Throughout her lifetime, Betty accrued an eye-watering net worth of $75million (£61million), along with property worth £8.1million.

Betty never welcomed any biological children of her own, though she did have three step-children from her marriage to Allen Ludden.

That means, technically, Betty had no legal heirs – and while the specific details of her estate remain confidential, it is assumed she left much of her legacy to charity.

Money left to pooches

Despite the official documents remaining private, various sources have speculated on where Betty’s money ended up.

One source claimed that, though Betty’s family and friends will be taken care of, most of her estate went to her dogs.

At the time, the insider said: “It’s bound to leave her friends and family, especially her step kids speechless.

“Betty pampers her pets like they’re her children. She usually has a dozen mutts running around, plus she fosters more.

“They have their own playroom and get homemade meals made from the best organic meats and veggies and a vet and groomer who makes home visits.”

They concluded: “She made sure her will stipulated they have luxury collars and leashes. Plus their own valet and housekeeper.”

It is also thought that Betty left a hefty sum to various animal charities.

House sold off and torn down

Since Betty’s death last December, her $10.6million (£8.5million) house in Brentwood has been sold off.

It was placed on the market in April 2022 and sold two months later for an eye-watering sum.

The house featured 3,029 sq ft of living space, including five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and incredible views of the mountains.

However, The Guardian reported that the house would likely be “torn down for a new build”, as estate agents only granted interested parties external access.

The listing encouraged buyers to “build their dream home on a flat lot in a serene country setting”.

Humble grave

Despite wanting to be reunited with her husband Allen Ludden after her death, The Sun reported Betty would not be buried with him in a humble Wisconsin grave.

Allen was a Captain in the US Army during World War II, which his tombstone reflects.

He died on June 9, 1981.

In January this year, Betty’s agent told ABC News that she would not be laid to rest next to Allen – despite a plot being available next to his grave.

Meanwhile, mayor of the Wisconsin town, Mineral Point, where Allen is buried, told The Sun: “Allen Ludden and Betty White is our connection to Hollywood here in Mineral Point.

“For a small town of 2,600 people, it’s pretty neat to have that kind of connection and she’s a legend.”

Hubby’s will

Before his death from stomach cancer in 1981, Allen drafted a will which took care of his wife Betty throughout her lifetime.

Allen left money for his wife, his brother Frank, and his children David, Sarah and Martha, as well as his granddaughter Mahona.

He also made a provision that Betty would be paid extra from his estate in an emergency.

As well as cash from his estate, Betty received his cars, interest on his LA home, his furniture and clothes.

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