Darwin was a rich man… yadadadadadada!

From CNN (11 Aug 2010):

Online database reveals estates of Marx, Darwin

London, England (CNN) — A collection of wills reveals Karl Marx died a poor man and Charles Darwin left behind a large estate, an ancestry website said Wednesday.

The England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941, reveals the value of more than 6 million estates, including some left by famous people.

It was published online Wednesday for the first time by Ancestry.co.uk.


Darwin, by contrast, left a personal estate worth 146,911 pounds (around 13 million pounds today) — $232,000 ($20.5 million today) — when he died in 1882, the website said.

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