Millie Elder-Holmes and Reuben Holmes. Photo by Getty
Sir Paul Holmes has bequeathed most of his
multimillion-dollar fortune to his widow Lady Deborah and his
only son Reuben.
The broadcasting legend, who died aged 62 on February 1, set
out his wishes in his will, which was signed in April last
Wills are public documents that can be obtained from New
Lady Deborah will inherit cars, boats, jewellery, paintings,
books and a diamond brooch once owned by pioneering aviator
Lady Deborah can continue to live at his Hawke's Bay home,
Mana Lodge. But Sir Paul said the property should go to his
son Reuben, 21. He also will get two Cartier watches.
Sir Paul had appointed Lady Deborah and his brother Ken as
His Paul Holmes Family Trust, established in 2000, was
granted the rest of his "real and personal property" and his
adopted daughter Millie is believed to be a beneficiary.
The will had been witnessed by Sir Don McKinnon and his wife,
Clare de Lore, over Easter.
Sir Paul also left a Cartier watch to Ken and an 1863
painting of Napier to the trustees of the Paul Holmes Family
Sir Paul was the majority shareholder in Mana Lodge Olives,
his olive oil business, and had shares in Maude Investments.
His will stated Mana Lodge should be retained "for as long a
period as possible or practicable in the hope that Mana Lodge
will ultimately be distributed to Reuben".
However, the will states the trustees may sell Mana Lodge if
they consider it is too expensive.
- Bevan Hurley