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DNA Test Results in Rags to Riches

Jordan Adlard-Rogers at his new home on the Penrose Estate, Cornwall

British millionaire Charles Rogers died of an overdose in August 2018, leaving a $60 million country estate in England. At the time, it was believed he had no heirs to his massive estate. However, in a surprising turn of events, it was discovered that Mr. Rogers did have one heir - Jordan Adlard-Rogers.

Jordan grew up near the estate and says he knew from the age of eight that Mr. Rogers may have been his dad. Mr. Rogers offered to do a DNA test when Jordan was younger, but it never happened. Later as an adult, Jordan made several requests to Mr. Rogers for a DNA test, but Mr. Rogers refused. After Mr. Rogers died, the DNA test was finally carried out, proving Jordan was his son.

The discovery has changed Jordan's life forever. Jordan grew up in a council house and suffered long periods of financial hardship. Before being discovered as an heir to the Rogers estate, Jordan was a struggling care worker. Now, Jordan has inherited his father's 1,536-acre Penrose Estate and receives $1,300 per week from a trust fund.

However, the event is bittersweet to Jordan. Mr. Rogers had reached a point in his life where he had given up and was living in his car. He had been addicted to drugs for decades before overdosing. Jordan says, "People say I'm lucky but I would trade anything to be able to go back and for Charles to know I was his son. Maybe then he might have taken a different path."

Jordan is now adjusting to his new life. Having grown up poor, Jordan wants to help others with his new fortune. He hopes to set up a charity that will help his local communities.

"I'm not going to forget where I've come from."

Jordan says, "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. I’m not going to forget where I’ve come from.”


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