At the height of his popularity, Michael Jackson was worth $600 million. He still had access to $350 million when he passed away. His estate made $400 million in 2018 so since he died, his net worth has increased to more than $850 million. When you consider that kind of money no wonder there's still talk of inheritance.
The singer's former spokesperson, Raymone Bain, is the person bringing Jackson's financial legacy to the fore again. According to him, Jacko had a secret will that was not executed. The former publicist addressed the media in August claiming the existence of documents dating back to 2006. If found, this will would supersede the 2002 one that was used to divide up the American singer's wealth. Bain claims that in 2006, Jackson "painstakingly outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained," but now she "[doesn't] know where is it."
The impression she gives of the controversial singer is at odds with the man's public image. To most of the world, Jackson was out of control. He was often seen as a fantasist living the life of an eccentric multimillionaire but Bain considered him to be "methodical". In a press conference, she said, "Michael Jackson, for anyone who knew him, was methodical, thorough and he was precise." She continues to wish, hope and pray that "Michael Jackson's will dated 6 October, 2006 would be found, revealed, discovered, dropped from the sky."
Where's the will?
There are some commentators who believe that the press conference was a way of "smoking out" whoever has the will. That by making its existence public, whoever's holding it will have to bring it out into the open. Other commentators suggest that Bain is seeking attention for herself and using a press conference because she's comfortable with public speaking through her media relations work.
Who is Bain?
If the purpose of this speech was to gain attention onto herself, let's play along. Bain was both Jackson's spokesperson and his business manager. She got the promotion to business manager in 2006 so she would have been in the right position at the right time when the latest will was created. The suggestion that the will does exist and is being held by someone starts to make a bit more sense. When she said in public that she, "had the honour of having heard him, sat with him, and I witnessed it along with a notary," you have to believe that the will does exist.
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