Geoffrey Edelsten’s widow Gabi Grecko joins battle for the late businessman’s estate

Geoffrey Edelsten’s widow Gabi Grecko joins battle for the late businessman’s estate… as ex-wife Brynne and son Matthew Beard fight for a slice of his fortune

Geoffrey Edelsten’s widow, former escort turned rapper Gabi Grecko, has made a legal bid for what remains of the late businessman’s ragged estate. 

Edelsten died a virtual pauper in June last year, leaving behind an estate valued at just over $1million, despite the disgraced businessman’s desperate attempts to portray an image of extreme wealth in his final years. 

In his will, Edelsten gave his son Matthew Beard $50,000, leaving nothing to his second wife, American socialite Brynne Gordon, and third wife, former escort Grecko. 

Geoffrey Edelsten's widow, former escort turned rapper Gabi Grecko, (right) has made a legal bid for what remains of the late businessman's (left) ragged estate

Geoffrey Edelsten’s widow, former escort turned rapper Gabi Grecko, (right) has made a legal bid for what remains of the late businessman’s (left) ragged estate 

As reported by the Herald Sun, Grecko’s lawyers filed a claim contesting the will in the Victorian Supreme Court in December, just months after Beard and Gordon lodged their own respective papers. 

For the last three years of Edelsten’s life, the couple – who were separated but, according to Grecko, not legally divorced – lived in different countries, with Edelsten based in Australia while Grecko resided in New York City. 

US-based Grecko, real name Gabriella Rose Curtis, was estranged from Edelsten yet claims she was still technically married to him when he died.  

In his will, Edelsten gave his son Matthew Beard $50,000, leaving nothing to his second wife, American socialite Brynne Gordon, and third wife, former escort Grecko (pictured)

In his will, Edelsten gave his son Matthew Beard $50,000, leaving nothing to his second wife, American socialite Brynne Gordon, and third wife, former escort Grecko (pictured)  

As reported by the Herald Sun, Grecko's lawyers filed a claim contesting the will in the Victorian Supreme Court in December, just months after Beard and Gordon lodged their own respective papers. Pictured: Grecko and Edelsten in 2015

As reported by the Herald Sun, Grecko’s lawyers filed a claim contesting the will in the Victorian Supreme Court in December, just months after Beard and Gordon lodged their own respective papers. Pictured: Grecko and Edelsten in 2015 

The couple, who were 46 years apart in age, married in June 2015 but separated in 2019. Pictured: Edelsten and Grecko at the Melbourne Cup in November 2014

The couple, who were 46 years apart in age, married in June 2015 but separated in 2019. Pictured: Edelsten and Grecko at the Melbourne Cup in November 2014

The couple, who were 46 years apart in age, married in June 2015 but separated in 2019. 

Grecko referred to herself as a widow on social media following Edelsten’s death, writing: ‘For people who have asked. No, me and Geoffrey were still married when he passed away, no divorce, widowed.’ 

She is also asking the court to extend the application period for contesting the will, as her claim comes after the maximum six months have elapsed since it was probated. 

Grecko's decision to contest her ex-husband's will comes as a surprise, as in July 2021 she told A Current Affair she wouldn't be making a claim because Edelsten was broke

Grecko’s decision to contest her ex-husband’s will comes as a surprise, as in July 2021 she told A Current Affair she wouldn’t be making a claim because Edelsten was broke

'It's very like comedy, when people like talk about, like, me inheriting money. I'm like, no. More like I'm inheriting millions of dollars of debt,' she said

‘It’s very like comedy, when people like talk about, like, me inheriting money. I’m like, no. More like I’m inheriting millions of dollars of debt,’ she said

Grecko’s decision to contest her ex-husband’s will comes as a surprise, as in July 2021 she told A Current Affair she wouldn’t be making a claim because Edelsten was broke. 

‘It’s very like comedy, when people like talk about, like, me inheriting money. I’m like, no. More like I’m inheriting millions of dollars of debt,’ she said. 

‘I was still married to him when he died, and I’m his widow. And I’ll produce documents if needed, but I don’t want anything, and I’ve made that clear.’

Meanwhile, Edelsten's first wife Gordon lodged her own legal action in July. Pictured: Gordon and Edelsten at the Melbourne Cup in November 2013

Meanwhile, Edelsten’s first wife Gordon, 39, lodged her own legal action in July. Pictured: Gordon and Edelsten at the Melbourne Cup in November 2013

Beard (pictured), who lives in America, is arguing he deserves bigger portion of his father's assets, while Melbourne-based Gordon claims she is entitled to a slice of what's left

Beard (pictured), who lives in America, is arguing he deserves bigger portion of his father’s assets, while Melbourne-based Gordon claims she is entitled to a slice of what’s left  

At the peak of his success, Edelsten owned the Sydney Swans AFL football club, travelled in helicopters and led an extravagant lifestyle.

However, his final will revealed the dire financial circumstances the notorious womaniser was in before his death.

In July, Gordon launched legal action with the Supreme Court of Victoria after being snubbed by the disgraced doctor in his final will. 

In legal action taken against Michael John Webb and Lindsay Lawrence Hosking as the executers of Edelsten’s will, Gordon claims she is entitled to a slice of what’s left of Edelsten’s estate.

‘The distribution of the deceased’s estate effected by his said Will is such as to not make adequate provision for the proper maintenance and support of the Plaintiff,’ a notice to the court stated.

Pictured is the wooden casket of Geoffrey Edelsten at his funeral in June 2021

Pictured is the wooden casket of Geoffrey Edelsten at his funeral in June 2021

Gordon, who was married to Edelsten from 2009 to 2014, told the court that she too was deserving of a handout.

‘The deceased made specific legacies of $50,000 and three of $25,000 to people who appear to be friends or acquaintances, gifts by way of commission in the order of $25,000 to each of his executors, a legacy of $300,000 to a business associate, two legacies of $100,000 to two charities and the residue divided between four charities,’ Gordon complained. 

Edelsten had made it clear even in death that he wished for Gordon to receive nothing of his estate.

Edelsten had made it clear even in death that he wished for Gordon to receive nothing of his estate

Edelsten had made it clear even in death that he wished for Gordon to receive nothing of his estate  

‘I have made no provision for my former wife Brynne Gordon as we are divorced and I had made substantial and excessive provision for her during my marriage to her,’ his will stated.

Edelsten’s son Beard, meanwhile, lodged his papers with the Supreme Court of Victoria in April. 

In his submission, Beard, who received $1,000 a year until 2017 from his father, asked for money to fund his ‘education, maintenance and advancement in life’, to be paid out to him from Edelsten’s estate.

Brynne Gordon and Geoffrey Edelsten married in 2009. (Pictured on their wedding day)

Brynne Gordon and Geoffrey Edelsten married in 2009. (Pictured on their wedding day) 

The son of Isabel Beard, once Edelsten's receptionist, Matthew was the only significant family member Edelsten recognised in the will, even though he had not seen him since he was a child. (Pictured:  Edelsten leaving court in October 2012)

The son of Isabel Beard, once Edelsten’s receptionist, Matthew was the only significant family member Edelsten recognised in the will, even though he had not seen him since he was a child. (Pictured:  Edelsten leaving court in October 2012) 

The bodybuilder, who has a tattoo of his late father’s surname on his torso, is also seeking costs for the court action.

The son of Isabel Beard, once Edelsten’s receptionist, Matthew was the only significant family member Edelsten recognised in the will, even though he had not seen him since he was a child.

Beard, who has stayed out of the spotlight unlike his publicity-seeking father, is understood to have attended Edelsten’s funeral on June 16 last year.

It is believed he stayed in touch with Edelsten by phone over the years and was reportedly distressed by his death.

RISE AND FALL OF A DISGRACED EX-DOCTOR 

Born: May 2, 1943 in Carlton

1960s: Edelsten owned a Melbourne-based record company before turning to medicine

1970s: Edelsten and a colleague launch Preventicare, which provides diagnostic tests and computerised history-taking for doctors throughout Australia.

1980s: Edelsten began to run innovative and multi-disciplinary 24-hour medical centres. 

Buys the Sydney Swans and marries model Leanne Nesbitt.

Edelsten was struck off the medical registry in New South Wales in 1988 and later in Victoria.

1990:  Jailed for perverting the course of justice and soliciting Christopher ‘Mr Rent-a-Kill’ Dale Flannery to assault a former patient.

2001: Edelsten launches a company offering mail order paternity tests. 

2005: Edelsten and a business partner found Allied Medical Group, which offers extended opening hours and bulk-billing for patients.

2011: Sells Allied in a deal worth up to $200 million

2014: Edelsten files for bankruptcy in the United States. 

2021: Dies aged 78    

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