She was one of those lucky people who seemed to have it all. She attended an elite private school, lived in a mansion, and spent her holidays jetting around the world, staying in five-star resorts – all thanks to her dad’s immense fortune.
But for Clare Brown things have gone downhill fast in the past few months. These days the 26-year-old Australian lives in a squalid two-bedroom home in a seedy part of Sydney, and she and her wife, Lauren Barr (37), and their one-year-old daughter, Riley, rely on welfare handouts to put food on the table.
It wasn’t the life her father, Christopher Hylton Brown (75), wanted for her. In fact, when he died at the beginning of the year, the super-rich stockbroker left his entire fortune of A$12 million (R138m) to his daughter.