Here's Who Inherited Jackie Kennedy Onassis' Money After She Died

Former first lady Jackie Kennedy was widowed after her husband President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was publicly assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. They had been married for a decade.

The two first met at a party in Washington, D.C., in 1952 (via Town and Country Magazine). Then in 1953, the couple wed in Newport, Rhode Island, per JFK Library. The Kennedys would have four children in their marriage, and they suffered a lot of loss. The birth of their first child, reportedly nicknamed Arabella, in 1956 was a stillbirth. In 1957, they welcomed another daughter, named Caroline. Afterward, the couple's first son, JFK Jr. was born in 1960. The Kennedys would also welcome a second son they named Patrick in 1963, but he didn't live past two days, says First Ladies. The newborn's death happened in August 1963 — just three months before his father's assassination.

After JFK's death, his widow would become Jackie Kennedy Onassis when she married Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis in 1968 (via Time Magazine). The marriage was a shock for many Americans. Many felt like Kennedy Onassis was moving on too soon, and a lot of the disapproval concerned her choice to marry someone of Onassis' age, and the fact that he was a non-Anglo. Yet, the couple stay married up until his death in 1975. The twice-widowed Kennedy Onassis would outlive her last husband by 19 years before her own death on May 19, 1994, of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (via Britannica).

The main inheritors of Jackie Kennedy Onassis' estate

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was survived by her two living children, Caroline and John Jr., and three grandchildren. She never remarried after Onassis died, but at the time of her death, she was partnered with Maurice Tempelsman (pictured). She would die in the New York City apartment she shared with him. A month after her death, her last will and testament was revealed, per The Washington Post.

In her will, she named Tempelsman as the executor and left him a Greek statue. The apartment they lived in together was left for Kennedy Onassis' two children. They also received half a million dollars, evenly split with $250,000 for each. Along with the money, Caroline and John Jr. were also granted the principal funds from a trust their father created. All the furniture and other belongings in her apartment, as well as two properties in Martha's Vineyard, were left to the Kennedy children.

Yet, one of the standout requirements of the will was also left to them. The children were given some of their mother's personal documents with special instructions stating they would never be made public.

Other inheritors

Jackie Kennedy Onassis didn't leave her young sister Lee Radziwill anything, but did grant her niece and nephew income from a $1 million trust, per The Washington Post. It's unclear why Radziwil was left out of the will, but one could assume that it has to do with the possibility that the sisters were not on good terms. Before Aristotle Onassis married Kennedy, he was purportedly dating the younger sister first. When the news of their engagement broke, apparently Radziwill was devastated, and though she supported the pair, the coupling reportedly fractured their sisterhood, per Vanity Fair.

Other inheritors named in the will were close friends Nancy Tuckerman and Rachel Mellon, who also received a quarter million dollars and two paintings, respectively. Another friend, Alexander Forger, was left a signed copy of JFK's inaugural address by famous poet Robert Frost. The remainder of the money left was directed to be placed in a charitable trust to be accessed by the three grandchildren: Rose, Tatiana, and John Schlossberg — all of whom were from daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

The one sibling who did inherit

Jackie Kennedy Onassis' stepbrother, Hugh Auchincloss III, would inherit the family's Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island (pictured), per The Washington Post. Her mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, left it to her, but the farm was actually in the Auchincloss family for generations. Because of Bouvier's marriage to Hugh D. Auchincloss Jr., she inherited the land when he died, and left it to her oldest daughter. The farm was where the Kennedys got married in 1953 (via Frommers). Both Kennedy Onassis and Auchincloss III grew up in the home, and though she had other step-siblings, the two were very close. He would be living in the home at the time of his death, also of lymphoma, in 2015, per Associated Press.

When Kennedy Onassis died, her estate was estimated to be worth $43 million, per an estimate by the estate's executors (via The New York Times).