Leona Helmsley and her dog, Trouble.

Imagine losing out on a $12 million dollar inheritance


Ever fantasize about inheriting millions from a dead rich relative? Now imagine if fantasy became reality and those riches were up for grabs, only to be cruelly yanked away.

Craig and Meegan Panzirer are the grandchildren of the now deceased Leona Helmsley, a wealthy businesswoman from New York who was infamously dubbed the “Queen of Mean” by the media. The reigning matriarch of the family had amassed a fortune after dabbling in real estate and marrying a like-minded real estate tycoon. Helmsley had a reputation for being overbearing and difficult to pretty much everyone, including her staff, business associates, and even her grandchildren. Her reputation is further sullied by the fact that she was also indicted on several charges of tax evasion, only ever serveing a twelve-month prison sentence.

Always one to have her way, she unceremoniously dumped both of her grandchildren (Craig and Meegan) from her Last Will and Testament “for reasons known to them.” She died in 2007 at the age of 87. Their $12 million dollar inheritance went to the care and security of Leona’s precious Maltese dog named Trouble (security for the dog had to be boosted after the dog received multiple death threats). That amount was eventually overturned by a judge who slashed the dog’s share to $2 million. Six million of the dog’s share went to the disowned grandchildren (Craig was awarded four million and Meegan two million).

If you were ever lucky enough to inherit $12 million, what would you spend it on?