The widow of financial commentator Leon Richardson is on the brink of winning more than half her husband's multi-million dollar fortune after striking a deal with the RSPCA yesterday. Lawyers were tight-lipped about the figures involved, but it is understood Margie Richardson is likely to receive almost $100 million. This would leave between $70 million and $80 million for the RSPCA, sources say. The High Court battle sparked by Richardson's decision to leave all his money to the RSPCA was halted when Deputy Judge Edward Woolley was told of the settlement. John Scott QC, for the widow, said: 'It will take some time to work out the agreement, which has been reached in principle.' Mrs Richardson's daughter, Rebecca, said after the hearing that she was glad for her mother's sake the matter had been resolved. The deal was struck after more than two hours of negotiations between lawyers. It will save Mrs Richardson, 77, the ordeal of being questioned in the witness box about the breakdown of her marriage. Richardson, a dog lover, made the will just nine days before he died in May 1995. Mrs Richardson claimed he was suffering from morbid jealousy and was not in a fit mental state at the time. She claimed he had left her everything in a will made in 1991 which was since lost. The court has heard of the couple's blissfully happy 40-year marriage and many of Richardson's love letters to his wife were read to the judge. But his attitude towards her rapidly changed in 1994 when he began making a string of 'fantastic' allegations. Richardson accused his wife of infidelity and said she had gone to bed with young gigolos. He branded her a drug addict and claimed she had hired triads to murder him. The widow walked out in 1994, saying he had become aggressive towards her and she feared she would be harmed. But shortly after the breakup, she told a psychiatrist: 'Even now I love him. What would I do if he died? I can't imagine it.' She then took legal action against her husband and was awarded US$3.3 million (HK$25.5 million). Deputy Judge Woolley adjourned the case until tomorrow, saying: 'I am always glad to see good sense prevail.' Both sides are believed to be happy with the agreement, which removes the risk of one of them losing everything.