In May this year, Australian mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made history, donating $400 million to a number of charities making it the largest philanthropic donation by any living Australian.
It was to be used, they said, for a number of causes. Cancer research, the eradication of slavery, Indigenous disadvantage, cultural and arts facilities in regional Australia. The money will seep into so many facets of Australian society, and it was a move Malcolm Turnbull dubbed a “gift to society”.
That donation, and the pledge for more to come, meant the children of Andrew and Nicola Forrest would see little of their parent’s wealth. But according to 22-year-old Sophia, second eldest child and now Love Child actress, she doesn’t mind a bit.
In an interview with Sunday Life Magazine and journalist Jenna Clarke, the actress said the idea of inheritance is a messy one and never guaranteed to bring happiness.
“Inheritance has never really made sense to me,” Sophia told the magazine. “You watch it tear families apart and it baffles me. You’re not entitled to that money, you haven’t earned it, you haven’t worked for it – I don’t see why you think it should be yours. So we all agreed to give it all away.
“It’s a relief to know it’s not my problem. It’s going to better things. I don’t need it. I’m going to work and make it on my own.”