I can take care of the dog much cheaper Helmsley's Dog Gets $12 Million in Will
Wednesday August 29, 6:12 am ET
Helmsley Dog Gets $12 Million, but Real Estate Billionaire Leaves Nothing to 2 Grandchildren
NEW YORK (AP) -- Leona Helmsley's dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a mausoleum. But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire's estate.
Helmsley left her beloved white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will, which was made public Tuesday in surrogate court.
She also left millions for her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who was named to care for Trouble in her absence, as well as two of four grandchildren from her late son Jay Panzirer -- so long as they visit their father's grave site once each calendar year.
Otherwise, she wrote, neither will get a penny of the $5 million she left for each.
Helmsley left nothing to two of Jay Panzirer's other children -- Craig and Meegan Panzirer -- for "reasons that are known to them," she wrote.
But no one made out better than Trouble, who once appeared in ads for the Helmsley Hotels, and lived up to her name by biting a housekeeper.
"I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum," Helmsley wrote in her will.
The mausoleum, she ordered, must be "washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year." She left behind $3 million for the upkeep of her final resting place in Westchester County, where she is buried with her husband, Harry Helmsley.
She also left her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea, $100,000.
She ordered that cash from sales of the Helmsley's residences and belongings, reported to be worth billions, be sold and that the money be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Her longtime spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, had no comment.
Helmsley died earlier this month at her Connecticut home. She became known as a symbol of 1980s greed and earned the nickname "the Queen of Mean" after her 1988 indictment and subsequent conviction for tax evasion. One employee had quoted her as snarling, "Only the little people pay taxes."
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She may have gave millions to the dog and who really knows why she didn't give the money to the grandkids. It sure as heck isn't me and I really don't care. But she also gave:
"Leona Helmsley's charitable activities included a $25 million gift to New York Presbyterian Hospital, $5 million to Katrina relief and $5 million to help the families of firefighters after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In the late 1990s, she gave millions of dollars to help rebuild African-American churches that had been burned in the South. "
I personally feel that people can be portrayed in many ways and that almost all rich, business people have two sides and use them to get where they are.
She may not have been "nice" but I don't think she was too "evil".
I wonder how Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, or others will be portrayed.
Though: Suzanne Pleshette did a great job, portraying her, in the TV movie.
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She may or may not have been mean, I dont know her therefore I cannot really say. I have heard though that she has given an awful lot to charity, and what ever is left over from the pooch, goes again to charity.......by way of foundation. There is probably an awful lot in the family's goings on that we do not know about..........if I have learned anything, it's that an awful lot goes on behind closed doors.
I have also seen within my own family a sense of entitlement to family money. I do not belive in this at all. Ones money is ones money, and kids or not, grandkids or not, I dont like when I see, and I see it often, kids and grandkids who seem to think or feel they are owed money in the family. I personally like to share my money with my kid, but I have a good relationship with him and he works HARD, and he doesnt feel he is owed it.......but I would not be this way if some of my relatives were my kid..........
As for the pooch , my little Lilly is clearly a distant cousin, and I can only hope she will take pity on her distant cousin and possibly spring for a new hair do or something nice for my little old lady...........
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