Wealthy Loner Picks Heirs From A Phone Book


When preparing a will, most people choose their beneficiaries from among friends and family members, maybe even a charity or two. That wasn’t the case with Luis Carlos, who chose instead to select his beneficiaries from a phone book. With a 12-room apartment in central Lisbon in Portugal, a house near the town of Guinmaraes, a couple of healthy bank accounts, a luxury car and two motorcycles to his name, his will meant his heirs would walk away with several thousand dollars each. Luis chose 70 names from the phone book and hired an attorney to send them letters upon his demise. He was determined that nothing would go to the state, which he thought had been robbing him all of his life. Nearly 13 years after selecting the random beneficiaries, Luis managed to drink himself into an early grave and the letters were promptly sent to his heirs. There’s been no estimate on how much each of the 70 people received.