29 August 2007

"Queen of Mean" Leona Helmsley earmarks $12M for her dog

Yeah, and?

People are up in arms about this. There is such a sense of entitlement in this world, so much so that she is being condemned now even in her death as being so mean because she didn't leave her riches with her grandchildren.

Sure what's a dog to do with 12 million dollars, but I bet Leona was closer with that damn dog than she was with her grandchildren who now suddenly care and are just waiting around for hand outs!

I think it's great and it speaks volumes posthumously! Those kids must've been rotten or indifferent... until now. Isn't that how it always goes?

From the Associated Press -- "The Queen of Mean's dog will continue to live the royal life, and then be buried alongside Leona Helmsley in a mausoleum maintained by a multi-million-dollar fund.

But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got zilch 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, according to published reports.

Leona and Trouble

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

Otherwise, she wrote, neither will get a penny of the $5 million she left for each."

Oh well. I'm sure she had good reason. She ain't no dope.
(continued from AP) "But no one made out better than her dog Trouble, who once appeared in ads for the Helmsley Hotels, and lived up to its 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, and where the pair have a view of the New York skyline.

She also left her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea, $100,000.

Everything else, including cash from sales of the Helmsley's residences and belongings, reported to be worth billions, she ordered sold and the money given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the New York Post reported in Wednesday editions.

"I will have no comment concerning Mrs. Helmsley's will," said her longtime spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, in the Post.

Helmsley died earlier this month at her Connecticut home. She became known as a symbol of 1980's greed and earned her famous "Queen of Mean" moniker after her 1988 indictment and subsequent conviction for tax evasion.

One employee had quoted her as snarling, "Only the little people pay taxes."
Yeah, so? She was a rich asshole who, for whatever reason, felt closer to her dog and her chauffeur than she did with her own grandchildren. I really don't see anything wrong with this. It's her money and she's making her statement from the grave.

Maybe the grandkids or the grandkids' parents shoulda hung around more while Leona was ALIVE.

Young Leona

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