Money might not bring happiness, but it does allow you to make problems go away. This is why many would have thought it strange that the Pratt family was so determined to go to court to end attempts by one mistress of the late Richard Pratt to claim $10 million from his estate.

Madison Ashton, a former escort who was one of Pratt’s mistresses, claimed the late billionaire had in effect breached a contract he had established with her. Ashton said that in return for giving up her work as an escort, Pratt promised to provide her with a $500,000-a-year allowance, $36,000 for rent, $30,000 for travel expenses, a $100,000 car and two trust funds worth $2.5 million for each of her children.