Jun 18, 2008

Trouble : World's Richest Dog

This is 'Trouble', the World's richest dog. How? New York hotel billionaire Leona Helmsley (in the pictures above), left £6million for Trouble after her death. Mrs Helmsley stated it on her will. She had a soft spot for her dog and also mentioned on her will that the dog must be buried next to her in Helmsley mausoleum.

But relatives of Mrs Helmsley challenged the will and succeeded in reducing the dog's inheritance to just £1m. Judge Renee Roth, of the Manhattan Surrogate Court, accepted a settlement between Mrs Helmsley's heirs and the New York State Attorney General's office. The deal awarded £3m to Mrs Helmsley's two grandchildren who had been cut out of her will due to some unknown reasons.

Carl Lekic, the general manager of a Helmsley hotel in Florida is the new caretaker of Trouble. He said that £1m would be enough money to pay for the dog's maintenance and welfare at the highest standards of care for more than 10 years. The money would cover annual costs of £50,000 for full-time security, £4,000 for grooming and £600 for food. He will be paid a £30,000 annual guardian fee under the terms of the inheritance. Link


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