The Arakkal Kettu Museum is the former residence of the Arakkal royal family. Photo: Handout
The Arakkal Kettu Museum is the former residence of the Arakkal royal family. Photo: Handout
India

Two Indian families are fighting over 19th century shipping magnate’s US$1 billion fortune and Saudi Arabia doesn’t know who to give it to

  • Two Indian families, who live within a few miles of each other in Kerala, both claim to be the rightful heirs of the 19th century Muslim spice trader Mayankutty Keyi, who built a guest house for pilgrims to Mecca
  • The money has been lying in a coffer for decades as neither the Saudi nor Indian governments seem able to adjudicate between the claims of the 1,500-strong Keyi family and the formerly royal Arakkals

The Arakkal Kettu Museum is the former residence of the Arakkal royal family. Photo: Handout
The Arakkal Kettu Museum is the former residence of the Arakkal royal family. Photo: Handout
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