Here's a story synopsis of how a partner worked to keep things together and running for years. The other partner was on the road, in the public limelight. The working partner became ill and died within a year. The surviving partner dismissed any notion of recognition or compensation because "there was no written agreement." Whoa, shame on the working internal partner! The surviving partner will get sued, but because of his public profile he will have his blind supporters. It helped that he and his publicist bonded. He gets good press, she perpetuates the myth and generates her means of support. Mutual benefit plays out well in society. Glamorous lives they lead! They are so attractive! Everyone loves them both.
Cliques are so inbred that as outsiders are brought into the mix they slip into the altered reality, which to any observer would be a horror story.