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Maltese Trouble: Leona Helmsley Says “Screw You” From Beyond The Grave

by | 29th, August 2007

helmsley.jpg AND so she was in life, and so she was in death.

Leona Helmsley , the billionaire “Queen of Mean” who died last week, issued one last “screw you” from beyond the grave: she left $12 million to her dog and nothing to two of her grandchildren.

Helsmley, an American hotel and real estate tycoon, was famously jailed for 19 months at the tail end of the 1980s for tax evasion. She gained notoriety for reportedly telling a housekeeper “only the little people pay taxes.”

Her estate has been valued at between $4 billion and $8 billion, the bulk of which she left to her charitable trust.

Family members, including her eight-year-old Maltese dog called Trouble, got a measly $50 million total.

The biggest payout went to Helmsley’s brother Alvin Rosenthal who received $15 million. Next was Trouble, with $12 million. A further $10 million went to grandchildren Walter and David Panziner.

Helmsley’s other grandchildren Craig and Meegan Panziner got nothing–“for reasons which are known to them,” Helsmley wrote in her will–as did her 12 great grandchildren.

With $12 million, you’d think millionaire

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