Leona Helmsley Leaves Dog $12 Million

Trouble, a Maltese, receives more money than several family members.

Posted: August 30, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

Billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley left a $12 million trust fund to her Maltese Trouble, according to the terms of her will, made public Tuesday in surrogate court.

The bequeath means the dog, who once reportedly bit a housekeeper, will inherit more than anyone in Helmsley’s family.

Alvin Rosenthal, Helmsley’s brother, was named Trouble’s guardian and will receive several million. Two of four grandchildren from late son Jay Panzirer will receive $5 million each, and two other grandchildren from Panzirer will receive nothing “for reasons that are known to them,” wrote Helmsley.

Trouble, who appeared in ads for Helmsley hotels, will live out her final days with Rosenthal, then be buried alongside Helmsley and her late husband Harry Helmsley in a Westchester County mausoleum.

“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.

Helmsley left $3 million to maintain the mausoleum, which, she directed, must be “washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year.”

The majority of Helmsley’s estate – said to be worth several billion – will go to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Helmsley died earlier this month at her Connecticut home.

Helmsley gained infamy – and her nickname, the “Queen of Mean” – after being convicted for tax evasion in 1988.


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Fran   Charlotte, NC

9/5/2007 9:48:11 PM

I certainly hope Mr Rosenthal really wants to care for Trouble! For sometime I have been trying to start a top quality retirement facility for dogs of wealthy owners who can no longer care for their dogs. First class care, individual attention and love, and the best facilities are my goal. I'm looking for investors and/or a
benefactor.

for mor info or inquiries, you can contact me direct @westbrookfran@yahoo.com

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Ann   Chicago, IL

9/3/2007 9:51:26 PM

Good for Trouble. She deserves the money. Maltese dogs are the greatest.

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megan   frazeysburg, OH

8/30/2007 12:40:16 PM

thanks for this article

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