Tobacco heiress and prominent philanthropist. The daughter of
She grew up on Duke Farms in New Jersey.
She increased her father's already massive fortune fourfold and used the money to patronize artists and collect antiques.
Her grandfather, Washington Duke, started a tobacco monopoly after the Civil War, which her father inherited and passed along to her when she was twelve years old.
She and Barbara Hutton, the billionaire Woolworths heiress, were both famous for their families' fortunes.