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ATKINS' WIDOW PILES ON £££££s

Sep 6 2003

£20m in diet guru will

From Anthony Harwood, Us Editor In New York, And Lorraine Fisher

 

THE founder of the controversial high fat Atkins diet has left his Russian wife a 20million fortune in his will.

Dr Robert Atkins had no children and had been married to glamorous former opera singer Veronica for 16 years until he died from head injuries sustained in a fall five months ago.

The widow was bequeathed 6million cash along with the couple's enormous 10million mansion in the Hamptons - the haunt of the American East Coast's rich and famous.

It boasts 16 rooms, a swimming pool, tennis court and 15 acres of garden and grounds.

She also got their 1million New York penthouse, which has works by Picasso on the walls. And Veronica inherited their holiday home in Florida.

It is close to the doctor's 93-year-old mum Norma.

Dr Atkins' will does not specify the total amount in his estate but gives an insight into how much wealth the 72-year-old dieting guru amassed.

He left 10 per cent of his wealth to the Robert C. Atkins Foundation, a charity he founded to research his theories and alternative medicines.

Dr Atkins developed the high fat, low carbohydrate diet in the 1960s, which allows unlimited intake of fats, meat and cholesterol.

It has attracted star devotees such as Geri Halliwell, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Aniston, as well as an estimated three million Britons.

Books and products, including Atkins low carb cereal, pasta, flourless bread, body cleansing kits and fat counters, raked in 65million last year, a figure likely to double in the next 12 months.

 
 

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