Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students

Divvying Up Nelson Mandela's Estate

Nelson Mandela left an estimated $4.1 million estate to his family, former staff and schools in South Africa.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students

Former South African President Nelson Mandela divided his estate among his family, former staff and multiple schools in South Africa.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela divided his estate among his family, former staff and multiple schools in South Africa, according to his will.

Mandela’s estate consists of a house in Johannesburg, a smaller house in his Eastern Cape home and royalties from his books, the BBC reported. The total worth of the estate has been determined at 46 million rand or $4.1 million.

But Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, executor of Mandela’s will, said that those number were only "rough and ready estimates" and that the total worth of his estate could vary.

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"We are yet to get down to the business of finding the assets, listing them and valuing them and accurately reflecting them,” Mosenek said. The final amount "could be one 10th of what we've said the value is, it could even be double.”

Though the reading of Mandela’s will was expected to cause strife among Mandela’s large list of relatives and family members, Moseneke told Reuters the will was well received.

"I am not aware of any contest of any type and the will has been duly lodged and accepted," Moseneke said. He added that “reading wills are always occasions charged with emotion."

Some of the money from the estate has been put in a trust that is to provide for his more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the BBC reported.

The recipients of Mandela’s generosity who were outside of his immediate family were surprised by the stipend provided by the leader.

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"It really makes me happy. I didn't think Tata was thinking of leaving something for me," Mandela's personal chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya told Reuters, referring to Mandela as Tata, the Xhosa word for father.

Mandela also left money for scholarships and schools he attended as well as smaller dividends for schools he did not attend. The African National Congress is also purported to receive some of the royalties from his books.

The home in Johannesburg where Mandela died will remain in the family, CNN reported.

"It is my wish that it should also serve as a place of gathering of the Mandela family in order to maintain its unity long after my death," Mandela wrote.