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Millionaire finds out three sons aren’t his after shock diagnosis

Businessman Richard Mason was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2016. Credit Facebook  Richard Mason Businessman Richard Mason was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2016. Credit Facebook Richard Mason
Gustavo Carr | 08 January, 2019, 05:42

MoneySuperMarket co-founder and former managing director Richard Mason is reportedly offering a monetary incentive in his search for the real father of his ex-wife's three children - all born in the '90s - whom he thought were his own until he found out in 2016 that he had been infertile all along.

Mr Mason is struggling to come to terms with being childless, while Emma is unable to conceive following a battle with cancer.

When Richard confronted his ex-wife, Kate (54), she refused to disclose the name of the real father.

He also paid her a monthly amount of about $5,300 to contribute to the upbringing of the children.

His wife, Kate Mason, has agreed to repay £250,000 (NZD $473,500) of their £4 million divorce settlement.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 97-98 per cent of men with cystic fibrosis are born infertile and can not father children without assisted reproductive technology.

After making the startling discovery, the man sent frantic texts to his ex-wife, begging for "advice" as to how they tell the boys after being told it was 98 per cent certain he couldn't have fathered a single child, let alone three.

Mr Mason immediately began legal action against his wife to get back money from their divorce settlement.

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'Someone says to you "all that you know and everything you thought to be solid and true is not real". Meanwhile, it is not yet confirmed that unnamed man whom his ex-wife had an affair was the paternal father or not.

He has twin sons, aged 19, and another son, 23, who did not give a sample for the DNA test.

Mr Mason's family has been torn apart as his relationship with the boys has been destroyed by the revelation.

The average CF patient only lives to around 37 and is diagnosed at birth, so the circumstances around Richard's diagnosis are unclear.

The case was settled out of court at the end of November in an outcome believed to be the first of its kind.

Legal papers seen by The Mail on Sunday revealed that, when she became pregnant with the first child, Mrs Mason declared a sudden interest in Judaism and also insisted all three children were given Jewish middle names.

It is not known if he is aware he is the boys' dad.