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Anita Roddick's Will Reveals She Donated Entire £51m Fortune To Charity

Matthew Moore

Dame Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop who died last year, left nothing to friends and relatives in her will as she had already given it all to charities.0416 12

Details of her estate, which were published yesterday, revealed that she had donated her £51 million fortune to good causes before her death from a brain haemorrhage last September.

Dame Anita, who was 64 when she died, once described leaving money to your family as "obscene" and said instead she wanted her fortune to go towards green issues and curing Third World.

Dame Anita left a total of £665,747 when she died but this was consumed by inheritance tax, leaving her net worth as nil.

Under the rules set out by the Inland Revenue, individuals have to pay such tax if they do not survive for seven years after making monetary gifts.


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Dame Anita founded The Body Shop in March 1976 and sold the company for £625 million to French cosmetic giant L'Oreal in 2006.

In 2004 she was diagnosed with hepatitis C, an illness she contracted through an infected blood transfusion while giving birth to her youngest daughter, Sam, in the 1970s.

Before her death she told The Daily Telegraph she was having a "joyful" time giving away around £3 million a year to human rights, social and environmental groups.

As well as giving money to charities, Dame Anita was personally involved in innumerable good causes, lending her name, profile and passion to several successful campaigns.

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