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A San Francisco socialite sues for a share of the Esprit fortune her conservationist father left to charity

A San Francisco socialite sues for a share of the Esprit fortune her conservationist father left to charity

Doug Tompkins had very strong views about how the fortune he made from founding the clothing and sporting gear companies Esprit and the North Face should be spent after his death: on the creation and preservation of eight national parks in Chile and Argentina, where he spent the last 20 years of his life.

He also was explicit about where he did not want the money to go: to his daughters, Summer and Quincey, and their children. “I don’t think that inheritances are good for the upbringing of children,” he told a Chilean interviewer. “That stunts people’s development, it does not motivate them to grow, to develop themselves.”

Tompkins died in a kayaking accident in Chile in...

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