How Steve Bing’s dad dragged his ‘illegitimate’ grandkids by means of the courts – and received
07/11/2021 4:06 AM
Kira Kerkorian and Lisa Bonder. Photo / included
Kira Kerkorian Bing could be the most unfortunate heiress in the world.
Despite being entitled to the inheritance of her two multimillionaire fathers, she has largely missed out on both fortunes.
Earlier this week, 23-year-old Kira lost her appeal in court for the $ 451 million (NZ $ 645 million) owed in the will of her late father, US multimillionaire Steve Bing.
For many years it was mistakenly believed that Kira was the daughter of another multimillionaire, US media mogul Kirk Kerkorian, from whom she was also cut off.
Dr. Peter Bing. Photo / included
In June last year, her real father Bing died of suicide at the age of 55, leaving his fortune to his two estranged children, Kira Kerkorian Bing and Damian Hurley.
Kira is the child of Bing and former tennis pro Lisa Bonder, while her half-brother Damian Hurley, 19, is the son of Bing and English actress Liz Hurley.
Kira aspired to the role of administrator of Bing’s estate, which was worth $ 451 million, while Damian was due for $ 330 million from his will.
Strangely enough, however, both children do not receive a penny from their father’s fortune.
On Monday, the two half-siblings lost an appeal in court.
Kira and Damian’s grandfather, Dr. Peter Bing, had fought hard to keep her out of the money.
Dr. Bing did not want his “illegitimate” grandchildren to receive the family fortune.
Liz Hurley and Steve Bing in 2001. Photo / Instagram
Now the money is divided between the two children born in wedlock from Steve’s sister Mary.
The money was first placed in a trust in 1980 with the intention that the trust would “not benefit an extramarital person unless that person had lived as a regular member of the household for a long time”.
Both Kira and Damian Hurley did not belong to their father’s household.
Liz Hurley became pregnant with Damian Hurley in 2001 after a brief affair with Steve Bing.
Lisa Bonder was married to another man, Kirk Kerkorian, when she discovered she was pregnant with Kira.
For many years it was believed that Kira was Kerkorian’s child.
It was only later in life that it was revealed that Bing was her birth father.
After Bonder and Kerkorian’s divorce, he paid a whopping $ 100,000 a month in child support.
But Kerkorian suspected Kira wasn’t actually his kid – and in the noughties, private investigator Anthony Pellicano was known to wipe a piece of dental floss used by Steve Bing, a former friend of Bonder.
According to DNA testing, this tiny strand proved that Bing was indeed Kira’s father and, despite Kerkorian’s estimated net worth of $ 4.2 billion, she inherited only $ 8.5 million when he died in 2015 at the age of 98.
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