The key words you wrote..."what is fair".
HALF is not fair. She was some 2-bit Ms. Tobacco (whatever)...what would she have gone on to become if she HADN'T married him? The world will never know...but do you think she would have lived HALF the life she did as Mrs. J. Gordon? I think not...
I agree that she is deserving for being his wife while he made himself into who he is today, but to say she "deserves" half is complete and utter bullshit.
She's good enough to take HALF the estate, but HE still has to cover the salaries of their "staff" (last line of the story)?!?! WTF is THAT?!?!
Why in the Hell can't they split THAT in half as well?!
That's what gets me, is the hypocrisy of the whole thing!!