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The death of New York’s penny-pinching ‘Queen of Mean’ – MoneyWeek

Yetthatwasjustthetipofherextravagance,saysTheDailyTelegraph。

AliveriedservantbearingasilverplatterwouldberequiredtoattendLeona’smorningswims,hand-feedinghershrimpsattheendofeachlap,andshebecamefamousforthelavishbirthdaypartiesshethrewforherelderlyhusband。

YetLeonahadalwaysbeenatalentedbusinesswoman,saysTheIndependent。

BornLeonaMindyRosenthalin1920,sheworkedasateenagemodelandthenasasecretaryforanestateagentbeforebecomingabrokerherself。

In1968,bynowtwicemarriedandamotherofone,shewasnamed“ManoftheWeek”byRealEstateWeekly。

BythetimeshemetHelmsley,shewasalreadyamillionaire。

Ultimately,itwasLeona’s“unusualcombinationof1980sexcessandaDepression-erapathologicalcheapness”thatsealedherfate,saysTheNewYorkTimes。

“HerMajestychargedherunderwearfromMacy’s–alongwith$500,000injadeknick-knacksandamarblefloorforthepoolroom–tothecompany。

”Shealsodevelopedtax-avoidancestrategiesthatwouldhaveseemedpenny-pinching“ifemployedbyyourelderlyauntonSocialSecurity”。

Herhigh-handedmannerdidn’thelp:shecrossedvirtuallyeveryonesheeverdidbusinesswith。

Theytalkedtothenewspapers,thentheprosecutors,andtheHelmsleyswerechargedwith235countsoftaxevasion。

Harrywasdeemedtoofeebletobetried,butLeonawasconvictedandspent19monthsofa16-yearsentenceinjail。

Subsequentattemptstorebuildherreputationneverquenchedthenotorietythatendureduntilherdeath,aged87,lastweek,asthebillionaireQueenofMean。

The‘littlepeople’biteback

Giventherancourduringthetrial,“you’dhavethoughtLeonahadbankruptedthesteelmill,thrownthewholetownoutofworkandrunoffwiththechurchpoorbox”,saysTheNewYorkTimes。

Shefeltshewasthevictimofasexualdoublestandard:“Mendon’twantwomengettingtothetop。

Period,”shetoldPlayboy。

“TherewasmorethanawhiffoftheSalemwitchtrialsaboutthewholeaffair,”agreesTheDailyTelegraph。

DonaldTrumphoweverfeltmovedtowritetoHarryHelmsleytotellhimthathiswifewas“adisgracetothehumanrace”。

ButwasLeonareallysobad?

Trump,whoclashedrepeatedlywiththeHelmsleysovertherunningandownershipoftheEmpireStateBuilding,certainlyhadanaxetogrind。

Anditcouldbeargued,saystheLATimes,thatevenHelmsley’slegendarymistreatmentofstaffwasdowntoadrivetoimprovecustomerservice。

“IknowifabulbisoutinRoom14beforethemanagerdoes,”shesaid。

“Ireadeverycardguestsfillout,especiallythenegativeones,andIanswerthempersonally”。

Butthatdoesn’texplainherfrequentvindictiveness:witnessestestifiedthatshefiredservantsinfitsoftemperand,onhearingthatanunpaidcontractorneededhismoneybecausehehadsixchildrentofeed,sheissaidtohaveresponded:“whydoesn’thekeephispantson?

”Inlaterlife,sheturnedtophilanthropyinabidtorestoreherimage,butultimatelyprovedherownworstenemy。

In2003,itwasreportedthattwoseniorhotelmanagerswereplanningtosueherforwrongfuldismissal:oneforbeinggay,theotherforrejectingheradvances。

“Ifthereisamoraltoherstory,itisperhapsthis”,saysTheGuardian:“benicetothelittlepeople,asithurtswhentheybiteback。



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