Post-mortem DNA test reveals UK man heir to NZ$97 million estate

A large luxury home on a well-kept lawn
Penrose Estate Photo credit: Tim Green/ Creative Commons

A man has inherited one of the UK's most beautiful stately homes after a postmortem DNA test proved he was the son of the estate's late owner. 

Jordan Adlard Rogers, 31, had suspicions Charles Roger was his father, but his request for a DNA test was rebuffed.

When Charles died of a drug overdose in 2018, aged 62, Jordan got his answers. 

He was now the heir and inhabitant of Penrose Estate - a property in Cornwall worth an estimated NZ$97 million.

He says he's beginning to grow comfortable in the sprawling estate at last.

"I'm now starting to get my feet under the table here," he told Cornwall Live.

"People say I'm lucky but I would trade anything to go back, and for Charles to know I was his son. Maybe then he might have taken a different path,"

An inquest into Charles's death last week heard how the 62-year-old struggled with drug abuse. He overdosed on prescription drugs in his car outside the palatial home.

Reportedly, he was malnourished, neglected his personal hygiene and was sleeping in his car rather than his mansion in the weeks before his death.

His son Jordan says he intends to set up a charity with his newfound wealth to help people in the surrounding communities. 

"I don't need to work anymore so I want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities," he said.

"I've been at the point of worrying about the next bill and have had a tough start in life, but now I'm here I want to help people."

The Rogers family donated their estate to the National Trust in 1974, in exchange for a 1000-year lease which would allow the family to continue living there.

"The Rogers family gave the National Trust 46 cottages and a couple of farms and now the Rogers Family Trust provides income for the life tenant," Jordan told Cornwall Live.

The Penrose Estate makes its money from stocks and shares, as well as renting land to local farmers.

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