Death – What was Robert Durst’s net worth? Businessman has passed away in jail

Death – Obituary

Convicted millionaire Robert Durst has passed away in prison at the age of 78, as reported by the BBC, leaving people interested in his net worth.

Durst’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, said his client died in the San Joaquin General Hospital while in the custody of the California Department of Corrections. The 78-year-old was sentenced to life in jail in October 2021.

Lewis said Durst died of natural causes and that his client had been suffering from a number of medical issues.

Amid the latest reports, we take a look at the American businessman’s net worth.

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Who was Robert Durst?

Born Robert Alan Durst in 1943, the son of Seymour Durst, Robert was most notable for being a real-estate heir.

Durst studied economics at Lehigh University and graduated in 1965 before moving on to continue studies at UCLA.

Durst gained notoriety following HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst (2015). In the series he was unwittingly recorded saying he had “killed them all”.

Durst was a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathie Durst, and was found guilty of the murder of Susan Berman last year. Durst was never charged over the disappearance of Kathie Durst.

What was Robert Durst’s net worth?

Durst and his family had been prominent in the real estate world. Today, the Durst Organization is run by Robert’s brother Douglas and his nephew Jody.

As per Forbes, the family as a whole is worth $8.1 billion. However, this source estimated Robert’s net worth alone accumulates to $65 million. 

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Durst’s family fortune explored

As mentioned, the Durst family has a hefty net worth and its members are notable figures in real estate.

Forbes reports Robert’s grandfather, Joseph Durst, emigrated from Poland to the US in 1903 with only $3 in his pocket. He founded the Durst Organization in 1915.

Robert’s father, Seymour, took over after Joseph’s death in 1974 and focused on building skyscrapers in New York City.

The Durst family owns more than 16 million square feet of real estate in New York and Philadelphia. They also have a 10% stake in One World Trade Center.

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Durst died a California prisoner after pleading guilty in September 2021 to killing his friend Susan Berman.

He said he murdered her to stop her talking to police about his wife’s disappearance. Police believe he killed two others, although this has never been proved.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.