Saudi panhandler dies a millionaire

Saudi women begging in Jeddah

JEDDAH – Over 50 years of panhandling on the streets of Jeddah had taken its toll on her and residents of the downtown Al-Balad district never suspected that their blind, haggard centenarian neighbor had secretly amassed a fortune and real estate portfolio that rivaled those of the city’s millionaires.

Eisha’s life came to an end in the bathroom of her home when the 100-year-old woman, who had spent the majority of her adult life begging, suddenly died.

Neighbors were saddened to see an ambulance pull up to her home and carry away her body on a stretcher, but they were left speechless when they learned that she left behind a fortune estimated at SR3 million ($800,000 USD), including four buildings in the same district, and an additional SR1 million ($267,000) in jewels and gold coins…

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