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Heirs to former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr’s $1 billion fortune at war over how to split the estate


The heiress of one of the largest ranching dynasties in the state of Texas is suing her brother over a controlling stake in the 660,000-acre holdings of land that was  assembled over decades by their father, former State Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., who died in 2010. 

One of his daughters, Cele Carpenter, 65, married a family of well-known Dallas business leaders and in the lawsuit is accuses her older brother, 68-year-old Dolph ‘Chip’ Briscoe III, of plotting to gain control over an inheritance that has valued at more than $1 billion.

Issues arose after their sister, Janey Briscoe Marmion, changed the will before her death from cancer in 2018. 


Dolph (second from left) and Janey Briscoe (second from right) are shown in an official campaign portrait with their children Janey, Dolph III (Chip) and Cele at the Frio Ranch. Dolph Briscoe Jr. was elected Texas governor in 1972

Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas from 1972 until 1978, was the largest individual landowner and…



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