Elizabeth Taylor leaves rumoured USD 1 billion fortune

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 09:29 AM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor has left behind a fortune worthy of a legend, a whopping USD 1 billion.

The Oscar-winning star`s fortune makes her one of just 14 women in the world to have become self-made billionaires, reported a website.

Taylor became famous for the massive jewels she wore, valued at worth USD 270 million as far back as 2002 and was the first actress to ever get a 1 million pay cheque in Hollywood.

Her famed jewel collection includes a ruby and diamond Cartier necklace from husband Mike Todd and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond from her fifth husband, Richard Burton, as well as the famous 69.42-carat pear-shaped Burton-Taylor diamond which cost over USD 1 million in 1969.

She was paid USD 4 million, the equivalent of USD 47 million today, to star with her fifth husband Richard Burton in `Cleopatra` and has the best-selling celebrity perfume to her credit.

Her joint fragrance venture with cosmetics firm Elizabeth Arden launched in 1991, including the famous scent `White Diamonds`, has since amassed USD 1 billion.

The violet-eyed beauty had a portfolio of real estate valued in excess of USD 150 million, including her ranch-style home in Los Angeles.

Taylor passed away last week at the age of 79 following heart failure.