Eastbourne couples benefit from mogul’s will

Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis

Two Eastbourne couples are in line for windfalls from the estate of the flamboyant publishing mogul Felix Dennis.

Dennis, 67, who died from throat cancer on 22 June 2014, left a massive £280 million in his will.

Of the £195 million that remained after his outstanding affairs had been settled a large slice went to the huge forest he started in the heart of England.

But he also remembered a host of friends, family and charities in his will.

Among the personal legacies he left £500,000 to Julia and Linda Dennis, of Nodens Way, Lydney, Gloucestershire.

His 54-page will details dozens of gifts to friends, relatives, colleagues and charities.

Among others benefitting from his generosity are Emma and David Andrews, of Ashford Road, Eastbourne, who will receive £10,000 and Lucy and Julian Maiklem, of Rother House, Lutener Road, Eastbourne, who have been left £25,000.

Felix Dennis was a colourful entrepreneur who built a huge publishing empire, with magazines including MacUser and Computer Buyer, followed by the lads’ mag Maxim, and many others.

As the money flooded in, Dennis bought himself a sixteenth century manor near Stratford-upon-Avon, and a fleet of Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars.

He established the Forest of Dennis which was later renamed the Heart of England Forest, where he planted the millionth tree in 2013, in Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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