Sir Stanley Clarke, the Staffordshire-based property developer and racecourse owner who died last September, has left more than £138 million to family, church trusts and colleagues in his will.
The former plumber's apprentice made his fortune from property companies Clarke Quality Homes and St Modwen Properties plc before turning his acumen to racecourses.
He was executive chairman of Northern Racing plc, which owned nine racecourses, until shortly before his death from cancer, aged 71, on September 19 last year.
Sir Stanley left thousands of shares in the company to its existing group director, Rod Street, a personal friend of his.
His personal effects were left to his wife Lady Hilda Clarke, and £ 300,000 each to his daughters Sally, Mary, and Jane. He also left £300,000 to Lichfield Cathedral Music Trust. He was chairman of the trust when he died.
Sir Stanley had been involved with Lichfield Cathedral since the early 1980s when he chaired an appeal group to raise money for maintenance.
"He was particularly supportive of an appeal between 1995 and 2000 to raise £4 million for the music part of the trust," said the administrator of Lichfield Cathedral, David Wallington. Shortly before his death, Sir Stanley started to lead another appeal, to raise money to conserve the Flemish stained glass windows in the cathedral's Lady Chapel.
He also left £10,000 to Alrewas Methodist Church in Lichfield, and £25,000 to the Parochial Church Council of Barton St James' Church for general church maintenance. He left £10,000 to St Giles Hospice, £5,000 to John Raybould, and £50,000 to Susan Sumner.
He left a gross total of £138,905,287 and a net total of £138,902,592 after his affairs were settled.
Sir Stanley, lived in Bartonunder-Needwood, Burton-upon Trent, left the rest of his estate on trust to his trustees, which are his widow Lady Hilda, his daughter Sally Hayward, his brother-in-law James Vesley, and Joyce Smith, who are also his executors.