Helmsley Leaves Her Dog $12 Million Trust Fund

HelmsleyTrouble is definitely going to be living in the lap of luxury.

Leona Helmsley left her white Maltese, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will.

“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.

She also left millions for her brother who was named to be Trouble’s caretaker in her absence. Two of her four grandchildren will also receive money as long as they visit their father’s grave site once a year. If they don’t follow her request, the grandchildren will not get a cent from the $5 miillion she left for each of them.

Helmsley did not leave anything for her two other grandchildren because of “reasons that are known to them.”

She also ordered that her mausoleum must be “washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year.” She has $3 million set aside for the maintenance of her final resting place.

Her chauffeur was left $100,000.

Helmsley ordered that her properties and possessions be sold, and the money shall be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Enjoy the nice life, Trouble.

Source: MSNBC

(Thanks Debra)

32 Responses to “Helmsley Leaves Her Dog $12 Million Trust Fund”

  1. mittens says:

    that’s it! i’m marrying that dog.. come to mittens, honey….

  2. moonbeams says:

    I second that motion - here sweatie pie - this way - mama’s over here……

  3. Lynne says:

    I have a feeling Leona has figured out by now that only the little people get to heaven.

  4. nora says:

    I hope that little dog is properly cared for by her brother. I am sure Trouble misses Leona terribly. Maybe she wasn’t all that bad!

  5. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Even from her grave, she is a controlling b*ch.

    It would be interesting to see what is to happen to the money in that trust fund once Trouble goes to that great bark park in the sky. Someone in the family might have several million reasons to give Trouble a little push.

  6. Lynn says:

    Like her or not, at least she was a woman who had the courage of her convictions.

    But there’s an interesting blurb in http://www.economist.com/obitu.....id=9679869

    “Mrs Astor had dogs as well-behaved as herself, silky and smooth-haired to pose for photographers or to have their portraits in her 19th-century collection on the staircase of Holly Hill, her weekend retreat. Mrs Helmsley had a Maltese bitch called Trouble, tied with pink ribbons and small enough to stuff in a purse, who sniffed at diners’ legs in her restaurants and nipped their heels until they bled.”

  7. E. Hamilton says:

    All they have to do is buy a few pouches of “premium” pet food and let the poison do the work.

    Easy enough and all those FDA quotes “The food on the store shelves is safe” mean it is easy and convenient to poison ANY pet and get away with it.

    I predict that a lot of barking dogs and bird killing cats who have annoyed the neighbors are going to be quiet as the grave in the next few years, not to mention the little dog with the 12 mill target on it.

  8. Kevin says:

    Another rich and dysfunctional family. These people are going to kill each other for the money when the dog dies. Good luck!!!

  9. moonbeams says:

    Poor Poor Trouble - that little dog misses his mistress and now maybe has to fear for his life from Greedy relatives. I bet the dog must get proper pet care and not be poisoned - just a guess - anyone that has her tomb cleaned will take care of the little details….

  10. E. Hamilton says:

    moonbeams says:
    August 29th, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Necropsy will say the same thing it said for between 250 thousand and a half a million pets, renal failure and nobody has been arrested yet on that mass poisoning.

    So, when the dog dies from eating “premium ” pet food, and all they have to say is “I believed the FDA that the food was safe.” who will ever know?

    Steve Dale, wonderful man, has written a story THANKING Vick for bringing the dog fighting to light, maybe HE should be made a part of the group that looks after poor Trouble.
    After all, the pet food industry KNOWS how to kill trouble.
    Any trouble they don’t like just…goes away.

  11. Moonbeams says:

    Poor poor trouble.

  12. Stefani says:

    One thing about our pets — they don’t judge us like people do. Ms. Helmsley may have been the “queen of mean” to many people, but I’m betting she doted on Trouble. For an apparently lonely and isolated, embittered woman, I am sure Trouble was her primary companion. Makes sense, then, that he (she?) would inherit all that money.

    Pets love you, no matter what you’ve done, no matter who you are.

    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”

  13. Gary says:

    One thing I fear is the greedy, thieves will steal the money and the dog gets no care. I hope she made some kind of provision to safeguard against that.

  14. mittens says:

    i don’t have much to speak of but should anything happen to me i want all of it to go toward the support of any of any pets who outlive me. as far as i’m concerned theyre my significant others and not one of them has ever given me a reason to cut them out of the will. screw any human relatives i may have they can take care of themselves.

  15. E. Hamilton says:

    mittens, if you do not WRITE it down in a will, then your family will do what they want.

    Nothing you post here does a thing to change that.

    Google it, you can PRINT a FREE last will and it will matter more than what you post here.
    Or just blow it off, like a lot of people do and leave the mess for others to sort out. Lots do that too.

  16. mittens says:


    yes i understand about wills and families. i was apparently the only one who read my granmother’s will and noticed she didnt want ‘ heroic measures’ should she have another heart attack. not that she didnt tell everyone so repeatedly the last years of her life anyway. i was the only one who told the doctors off for doing it. it seems it doesn’t even matter if you do have a will-her’s was ignored.

    and it’s not as if i have family left anyway. no. it’s going to the cats. but dont tell them or i’ll have to sleep with one eye open. torties can be very calculating and devious.

  17. Lynn says:

    Some years back I got a call from a friend of a friend, trying to find a little Shih Tzu a new home. Her “pet parent” had died and none of the adult children wanted the Shih Tzu and were taking it to the shelter. The dog was pining for her “human.” The Shih Tzu wasn’t a spring chicken herself, so a lot of people didn’t want her. Long story short. The Shih Tzu was placed with a professional truck driver who does long hauls. She’s having the time of her life, as she is with him 24/7. Her new human had a special elevated seat made for her so she could see out the windows. Seat belt. Very safe. They are grand company for each other. And what’s really funny is that he’s a huge macho man and he makes sure the dog is groomed perfectly, pink bows and all.

    I saw the Shih Tzu after the original “human” died. To see the Shih Tzu a couple months later - such an overwhelming transition.

    Now that turned out well. But think of how close that dog was to being sent to the shelter and euthanized. All because her “human” didn’t believe in making wills and honestly believed her adult children would take the dog.

    So if you haven’t yet, sit down with your attorney or download a will form from the internet and make your wishes known NOW. Your pet is property….and without specific directives, your property may end up quickly disposed. And sit down and talk with the person you would like to become caretaker of your pet. Do NOT assume they will do anything for the good of the pet.

    Don’t let the worst happen to the one who cherishes you most.

  18. Animal Chaplain Nancy Cronk says:

    I wish she would have left her money to all dogs, not just one dog. Imagine what she could have accomplished to spay and neuter thousands of dogs, or to fight the crime of dogfighting. What a shame. I think it is great she loved her Shih Tzu, but the dog will not know the difference between a diamond encrusted collar and one bought at a pet store.

    If anyone reading this is leaving all their money to one pet, please consider leaving it “to the dogs” (or to all animals).

    Animal Chaplain Nancy

  19. Lynn says:

    At least she had the foresight to sit down and legalize the care of her Maltese after Leona was gone. Do we know that she DIDN’T leave money to animal charities?

  20. E. Hamilton says:

    It was HER money! To do with as she saw fit.

    If there is much more of this stuff about “for the pets” or “for the kids”( GAG- just GAG) I swear I am gonna go do some expensive shopping and make sure I blow every dime I can on gigolos!
    How DARE any of you presume to say where ANYONE should leave their money!
    That is offensive, self righteous and plain WRONG.

    I do not care if it is for the kitties or the puppies or any other GOOD cause, it is NASTY to presume that you know better how someone should leave money or any other thing and don’t you DARE try to lecture me, or anyone else who is not a doormat, on what to do in their will.

    Never, NEVER do such an unacceptable thing. Makes me want to vomit.

    Just socially and morally beyond what can be tolerated. Have you no manners?

  21. Dave says:

    Jay Leno said “this dog is now worth more than Michael Vick”. How ironic.

  22. Lynne says:

    What a great story about the Shih Tzu and the truck driver.

    I’ve already decided the next time I have an opening for another dog (I have 3 now… my limit) I’m going to a shelter and ask for a dog that an elderly person had to give up. Perhaps he/she had to go into a nursing home. Ideally, I’d like to be able to take the dog to visit the previous owner.

    And, wow Hamilton, calm down. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

  23. E. Hamilton says:

    Lynne says:
    August 30th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    NO ONE is ENTITLED to make judgment about a person and the arrangements they make in their will on the basis of whether they left, or did not leave, something to ANY charity. That foul and entitlement minded attitude is revolting and beyond all bounds of decency.

    I stand by that. The woman is dead and I will just bet that some charities were circling like vultures for years .

    “WOW how disgusting!” is what the last person I asked to read this thread said and what else was said cannot be posted.

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    Can somebody get a hold of that dog for me? I’m looking for seed capital for my new import/export company. We have three great lines of business: Chinese toothpaste, toys, and pet food.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    OMG i would sooooo leave all my money to my dog!!! her grandchildren didn’t even like her or care about her so the only thing left to give her money to was her dog!!! i would have done the same thing in her position!

  30. why do u care about my name says:

    OMG i would sooooo leave all my money to my dog!!! her grandchildren didn’t even like her or care about her so the only thing left to give her money to was her dog!!! i would have done the same thing in her position!

  31. fraustypawz says:

    If the pet stores who claim to love pets as much as they like us to believe, then why do they still sell “made in china” stuff?

  32. janette joseph says:

    This lady was a very mean one. All that trouble just to get some money she should have just left all for the dog.

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