Many of us have dreamed at one stage or another of winning the lottery. To have our fortunes changed overnight is the dream, but for most people, that reality never actually happens. Now imagine winning the lottery but you didn’t even buy a ticket. You might have thought something wasn’t right, but there was no way you weren’t going to spend all of that money.
This man didn’t win the lottery, but he did get very lucky in life. He was broke, but then one day he discovered he was the heir to a $63 million estate after DNA testing proved his parentage. This guy grew up not knowing his father but when his identity was finally revealed it came with a big prize, inheriting a British estate.
Here is the story of Jordan Adlard-Rogers and how he rose to such amazing wealth.
Knowing who he was
One thing that Jordan Adlard-Rogers, 31, of the UK struggled with for the majority of his life was knowing who he was. He knew his father didn’t stick around to raise him, and as far as Jordan knew, his father could be anybody.
There was a clue from his mother though that informed him who his dad was, but there was no sure way of proving it. Jordan was forced to grow up without knowing his father, and therefore, without knowing who he really was. His dad could have been anyone, even the man who was living it up in the giant estate not one mile away from where Jordan grew up.
Life for Jordan growing up was not easy, and he’s had it rougher than most of us. As a young boy Jordan was malnourished, didn’t spend much time at school, and for long periods didn’t have a warm place to call home.
He ended up living with gypsies for a while, which only further cut him off from the rest of society. Local children bullied Jordan for his living situation, and when he was younger he barely had a hot meal or a flushing toilet. If anyone knew about living in poverty, it was Jordan, and the lavish lifestyle of the aristocrats living just a mile away seemed alien to him.
There were a few father figures in Jordan’s life, but none of them seemed to want to stick around for too long. His mother is a free spirit and would never force anyone to stay with her who didn’t want to, not that Jordan has a problem with that.
Despite the lack of a constant father figure, Jordan is very protective of his mother and doesn’t seem to hold any of the decisions she made for them against her. Violence was never far from Jordan’s life, but he was determined to put it all behind him as he moved into adulthood. Jordan was going to look out for others, and he chose to dedicate his life to helping people.
Struggling care worker
Before Jordan discovered his huge fortune, he was a struggling care worker. He spent most of his energy looking after other people, perhaps to prevent others from going through the same struggles he went through. From a young age, Jordan thought he knew who his father was, but there was no sure way of proving it.
Jordan’s mother had a fling with an aristocrat in the neighboring area, and not long afterward, she found herself pregnant. It seemed likely this gentleman was Jordan’s father, but he had seemingly washed his hands of the situation. If only there was some way that Jordan could get him to agree to do a paternity test, then he’d know for sure.
How the story went
Jordan didn’t just pluck up an aristocrat father out of nowhere, he was told that the man might be his dad from his mother. Jordan’s mother told her son that when she was 18, she was hanging around a park with her friends when she spotted Charles Rogers, 31. The two were like a pair of lost souls who came together in an unlikely meeting as Charles was part of the wealthy family who owned Penrose Manor.
It wasn’t all that common for people of Charles’ standing in society to mix with ‘common’ folk, but Charles was going on a spiritual journey of his own. Charles and Jordan’s mother were getting on great, and one thing led to another.
Charles got Jordan’s mother pregnant, although he didn’t stick around long enough to find that out. Instead, Charles was potentially suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a stint in the Army.
Jordan knew the story of who his father was and several times during his childhood, he tried to get the man to agree to do a paternity test. All of those attempts were in vain however, as Charles wasn’t interested in knowing. The last time Joran tried he was 18 and Charles told him to go through their solicitors.
One last try
Jordan had no idea Charles had risen to be in charge of his family estate when he had one last roll of the dice. The care worker said that later in life he thought he would have one last attempt at convincing Charles to take the paternity test.
Jordan sent a kit in a letter to Charles but was amazed by the response he got. Charles had sadly passed away, but the DNA testing was done, and Jordan was his son. That meant he inherited all of the $63 million estate.
Rags to riches
Jordan couldn’t believe his luck. Not only was he struggling to get by in life as a care worker, but he had spent so long not knowing who his dad was. Now there was an end to both of those struggles as Jordan was all set to inherit the amazing Penrose Manor.
Of course, it was not all good news as the only way Jordan was inheriting this property was because the man who was his father had passed away.
Set up for life
In discovering that his father was Charles Rogers, it meant that Jordan could put some of his past struggles behind him. Jordan had been struggling as a care worker, but now he was rolling in the money.
His home is worth an estimated $63 million plus he gets a yearly salary for being of such a high ranking in society. Just like the Royal Family members, Jordan receives a yearly allowance, and it’s a lot more than pocket change. Jordan will be earning $127,000 per year.
Flipped upside down
There were times in Jordan’s life where he lived in a caravan, but now his life was very different. The new lord of the manor showed the Daily Mail around his new home, and it was a million miles away from his previous life.
In the entrance hall of his new manor there is a huge brass gong, and a collection of swords all bearing his family name on them. Jordan’s home is on 1,536 acres of land with a fancy dining hall that comes with a 20-foot dining table.
The real cost
Although Jordan feels very fortunate to have this amazing new life, it is still sad for him. He spent most of his life trying to convince Charles Rogers to agree to do a paternity test, but he never did.
The only way Jordan discovered that Charles was his father was because the DNA profiling was done after the lord has passed away. A huge reminder of who his father was looms large over Penrose Manor for Jordan in the form of a portrait.
Wishing things were different
The painting of the shy-looking man that Jordan came to know as his father hangs in the hall of his new estate. Jordan said that looking at the painting was like “looking at a portrait of myself.” He said that the moment he laid eyes on this portrait was the moment he knew he belonged in this manor.
Jordan feels as though he can see the resemblance between him and his father. When Jordan looks at the painting, he wishes he’d seen it sooner.
Life for Charles Rogers wasn’t as great as you might have thought it was. He was never meant to be the heir to Penrose Manor, but his older brother sadly passed away after contracting leukemia in his 30s.
Then Charles was sent off with the Army into Northern Ireland right when its violent troubles were at their peak. Charles allegedly passed away from substance abuse while living out of his car. Jordan’s father had no idea he was all set to inherit the manor following the passing of his mother.
Seeing the picture earlier
Jordan felt if he had seen the portrait of his father at Penrose Manor 20 years earlier things would have been different, both for him and Charles. He feels as though he wouldn’t have spent half of his life wondering who his dad was and feeling like “half a person.”
Perhaps with Jordan in his life a bit more, Charles would have gone in a different direction and not lived as an outcast in his own home. His body was found in his car.
Plans for the new house
There has been a huge upgrade to Jordan’s home since he found out he was the heir to Penrose Manor. With so much land and space to enjoy, Jordan has a few ideas about what to do with the property.
The very first thing he plans on doing is renovating one of the rooms to turn it into a games room. Jordan wants a pool table in there and also a big screen where he can watch the soccer with as many friends as he’d like to bring over.
Jordan discovered that he was the heir to Penrose Manor just a few short days after discovering his partner was pregnant with their first child. He and his partner Katie were already going through one of the most exciting experiences any couple can go through, but discovering who his father was proved to be as amazing.
Katie joked that on one of their earliest dates, Jordan told her that his dad lived in the manor. She didn’t believe him and just thought he was joking.
Getting a phone call
So Jordan had tried time and time again to get Charles to agree to the paternity test. But even when he did, it was up to Jordan to find the money to arrange a solicitor to take care of everything. He had been in close contact with the estate manager Philip Care, who called him out of the blue.
The estate manager informed Jordan of Charles’ passing and if he was ever going to find out who his father was, now was the time.
The only living link
At the time of the phone call the only surviving member of the Rogers family was Charles’ mother, who was suffering from dementia. It wouldn’t be long before she was gone and Care advised Jordan that now was the time he needed to do the DNA testing.
As always, things were still not straightforward and Jordan had some hoops he needed to jump through. If he wanted confirmation either way, Jordan was going to have to convince those in charge of the estate to test Charles’ body.
Racing against time
Jordan had a race against time on his hands as soon it would be too late to do a DNA test on Charles. Once he got the phone call, he had to put a plan in place to ensure that h could become the heir if he was actually Charles’ son.
Because Charles’ mother was so unwell, Philip Care also had the power of attorney over Jordans’ grandmother. This was important because she may not have accepted Jordan if the evidence wasn’t there.
Roller coaster of emotions
This was an emotional time for Jordan. On one hand, he was elated with the news that he was just about to become a father, and on the other, his potential biological dad had just passed away. Jordan said learning about these two major life events just three days apart was “extraordinary.”
He had gone from having very little money to wealth most people in the world can only dream about. Through it all, one regret Jordan had was not knowing who his father was sooner.
Learning life lessons
Jordan’s son will grow up with all of the love and fatherly support his dad missed. When reflecting on his younger life, Jordan said he remembers always being cold when he lived in a caravan. It’s something to this day he still thinks about but mostly only to make sure his son is okay.
Jordan said that he finds himself checking a lot whether his son is warm enough as he doesn’t want him to go through the same experiences he did.
Money no problem
Penrose Manor was handed over to the National Trust in the 970s by Jordan’s ancestors because running it had proved incredibly expensive. The trust was happy to take the estate into their hands and gave it back to the Rogers family with a 1,000-year lease.
That means Jordan can live there as long as he wants as well as many other generations of his family. The National Trust is responsible for looking after the manor, while Jordan still gets to collect his $127,000 yearly allowance.