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13 times the heirs to massive fortunes disappeared under mysterious or disturbing circumstances

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  Kidnappers looking for a major payout will often target the
  heirs of wealthy individuals.
  
  Some famous abductions have ended in tragedy when the
  abductors killed their victim.
  
  In other cases, the kidnapped heir survived their ordeal.
  
  
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    Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
  

  Being the heir to an extraordinary
  fortune comes with its own set of risks.

  
    Namely, having a familial link to an uber-wealthy person could
    prompt an unscrupulous person to kidnap you for ransom.
  
  
    
      Read more: 11 times kidnappers targeted
    millionaires and high-profile executives around the
    globe
  
  
    The abduction of rich and prominent heirs often generates a
    considerable amount of media scrutiny. In some instances, the
    victim is returned relatively unscathed. Other cases throughout
    the years have resulted in more sinister and tragic outcomes. 
  
  
    Here's a look at a number of heirs to massive fortunes who were
    kidnapped - and one who vanished without a trace:

  • Kidnappers looking for a major payout will often target the heirs of wealthy individuals.
  • Some famous abductions have ended in tragedy when the abductors killed their victim.
  • In other cases, the kidnapped heir survived their ordeal.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Being the heir to an extraordinary fortune comes with its own set of risks.

Namely, having a familial link to an uber-wealthy person could prompt an unscrupulous person to kidnap you for ransom.

Read more: 11 times kidnappers targeted millionaires and high-profile executives around the globe

The abduction of rich and prominent heirs often generates a considerable amount of media scrutiny. In some instances, the victim is returned relatively unscathed. Other cases throughout the years have resulted in more sinister and tragic outcomes.

Here's a look at a number of heirs to massive fortunes who were kidnapped - and one who vanished without a trace:

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