James Buchanan and Doris Duke An early portrait photo of J.B. and young Doris Duke. Duke inherited nearly all of her father’s fortune valued at more than $100 million, or well over a billion in today’s dollars. That immense fortune afforded Duke to amass a myriad of collections during her adult life, from a handful of mansions and fine furniture to magnificent gems and gold-digging husbands.
Doris Duke was determined not to be defined by social expectations or her vast wealth and was an active supporter of the arts, historic preservation, and the environment. However, she did it all whilst dressed fabulously!