Helmsley's Heir Is the Dog

Queen of Mean leaves $12M to Trouble, a bunch to charity, ignores 2 grandkids
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2007 1:16 PM CDT
The Helmsley family mausoleum where Leona Helmsley was buried is shown Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Helmsley, who left $3 million for its maintenance, will spend eternity inside the $1.4...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – When the Queen of Mean’s will was read, Trouble, the billionaire hotel magnate’s pampered, biting Maltese, came calling. Leona Helmsley left $12 million to the 8-year-old pooch, along with $38 million to three other family members. The rest—between $4 and $8 billion—went to her charity trust, the New York Post reports. Helmsley dissed two other grandkids, “for reasons which are known to them.” 

The will doesn’t specify how the money will be spent on Trouble, who is accustomed to being hand-fed chef-prepared meals while racking up lawsuits from staff members she's bitten. But it does guarantee her a final resting place in the $1.4 million Helmsley mausoleum, which Helmsey has directed must be kept up to her standards by being "acid-washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year."