Leona Helmsley’s dog meant more to her than grandkids

Mean until the end, and even in the afterlife. The poster girl for the rich and smug, Leona Helmsley, has bequeathed her dog a fortune, cutting out two of her grandchildren in her will.

The dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a luxury mausoleum.

Two of Helmsley’s grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire’s estate.

Helmsley left her white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will, which was made public Tuesday in surrogate court, reports the AP.

Helmsley left her brother,Alvin Rosenthal, some money too, and was cited as the caretaker for Trouble in her absence, as well as two of four grandchildren from her late son Jay Panzirer with stipulation that they visit their father’s grave site once each calendar year.

If they do not honor her wishes, Helmsley wrote in her will neither grandchild will get any $5 million trust she left for each.

Helmsley left absolutely nothing to two of her son’s other children Craig and Meegan Panzirer, for “reasons that are known to them,” she wrote in 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.

The AP reports that the Helmsley mausoleum 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.

Helmsley left her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea, $100,000.

Leona ordered that cash from sales of the Helmsley’s residences and belongings, reported to be worth billions, to be sold off and then the money be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Helmsley died earlier this month at her Connecticut home. Dubbed  “the Queen of Mean” after her 1988 indictment and subsequent conviction for tax evasion. One employee had quoted her as saying, “Only the little people pay taxes

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