By Jennifer Glickel
MANHATTAN — The vast wealth of a 104 year-old heiress who is reportedly alive in a hospital somewhere in New York City is the subject of inquiry by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, according to reports.
Huguette Clark, who is worth about $500 million, has not been seen by anyone in her Upper East Side co-op building since she was carried out of her apartment on a stretcher over 20 years ago.
Clark’s attorney Wallace Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler are among the few people who interact with Clark, as they handle her finances, the New York Post reported.
"She's very much alive," the Post reported Bock as having said recently.
The DA’s investigation into Clark’s financial affairs comes a year after the office’s prosecution of heiress Brooke Astor’s son, who was convicted of stealing millions from his late mother.
Clark, who has long been reclusive, has abandoned her 42-room apartment on Fifth Avenue, a palatial California mansion, and a $24 million estate in Connecticut. Her relatives have not seen her in decades.
The heiress inherited her wealth from her father William A. Clark, who was a U.S. senator from Montana and a copper mining magnate in the 19th century. At one point, Clark was the second-wealthiest man in the country behind the Rockefellers, according to the New York Daily News.