Sometimes there are news stories too good to ignore. This one is about a Spanish Duchess, love, and a Spanish fortune. This reminds me in some ways of the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson. Both seem to be stories of love over money …
Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (yes, that’s one doozy of a long royal name) is a Spanish Duchess and one of the wealthiest women in all of Spain (worth somewhere between $850 million and $5 billion). The 85-year-old Spanish Duchess of Alba is about to give it all away to marry the man that she loves, Alfonso Diez (61 years old). See the original Yahoo! article here.
This is a woman (and Spanish Duchess) who has been widowed twice. Her previous two husbands died in 1972 and 2001, respectively. She and her new husband have been friends for a few years. I am truly amazed when I hear stories like this (i.e. Edward VIII and his marriage to Wallis Simpson). People, born into the wealthiest of families, give it all away to marry the one that they love (perhaps, an unfortunate royal rule about marrying the one you love and such as opposed to someone of ‘breeding’). Amazing.
In this case, this rich Spanish Duchess is giving away her fortune to her children so that she can marry the man that she loves. Her new husband, apparently, has no monetary interest in the marriage because she is giving it all away. All the best to both of you. It often takes a lifetime to find what is most important to you. Many people, in fact, never find what is “most important” to them before they die. I applaud the Spanish Duchess and wish her and her soon-to-be husband all the warmth and love that they deserve.
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