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$70 million left to Oxfam

A multi-millionaire catering boss has left a “substantial amount” of money to Oxfam after dying alongside his family in a plane crash, BBC News reports.

The Sun reports that Richard Cousins left £41m to the charity after he was killed with his fiancee, her daughter, and his two sons on New Year’s Eve.

The paper said his will specified the money should go to the charity because his two sons died with him.

Oxfam told the BBC it had been left money by Mr Cousins, but not how much.

A spokesman for the charity said they were “extremely grateful” for the bequest.

In its last annual report for 2016-17, the charity received £19.8m in gifts left to it through wills.

Mr Cousins, 58, who was chief executive of Compass Group, died alongside his fiancee, magazine editor Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, in Sydney on New Year’s Eve 2017.

Australian pilot Gareth Morgan was also killed.

According to the Sun, a year before the incident, Mr Cousins had added a “common tragedy clause” to his will so that if he and his family were to die at the same time, his fortune would go to charity.

After the accident, this meant £41m would go to Oxfam – although his two brothers would also receive £1m each, it reported.

A spokesman from the charity said: “We are extremely grateful for this bequest of which we have only recently been notified.

“We are working with the family and our board of trustees to identify how the money will be used.”


Businessman Richard Cousins ‘leaves £41m’ to Oxfam (BBC News)