Melbourne’s wealthy Smorgon family is heading for an Australian Supreme Court showdown with a family member who claims she has been excluded from the multi-billion-dollar estate because she was conceived by artificial insemination and therefore considered a step-child. The Smorgon family topped the Australia’s Wealthiest Families list for seven years running until 2015 with a fortune of more than A$2.7 billion ($2.95b), amassed from interests in property, meat, paper, chemicals, plastics, electronics and steel. Samantha Jane Smorgon, 44, who is the daughter of the late Robert Smorgon, claims her father raised her as if she was his biological child but chose to exclude her from his estate on the grounds that she was his “step-child” and he had no biological children. Smorgon, who works in the healthcare industry, is now taking action against a group of 18 trusts controlled by her brother Stephen and other relatives in a bid to access accounts and other sensitive financial information which detail the size and value of the family’s assets. READ MORE:Whānau dispute over unlawful camping ground occupationIn secretly recorded audio, Trump’s sister says he has ‘no principles’ and ‘you can’t trust him’Whānau win apology from ANZ over deathbed visit by bankerTristan Thompson… Read full this story
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