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Trust Fund of US ‘Queen of Mean’ Gives $25 Million to Haifa U

The late Leona Helmsley, after being convicted for tax evasion.

The late Leona Helmsley, after being convicted for tax evasion.
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The Helmsley Charitable trust, which was bankrolled by the late hotel tycoon “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley, has donated $25 million to Haifa University, which will use the funds for undersea robots and automated vehicles and undersea laboratories for its new Mediterranean Sea Research Center.

Her name became more widely known for her including her dog in her will, which set aside $12 million for the canine, but a court reduced the sum to a paltry $2 million. That was only a small portion of her $4 billion estate that grew from her involvement in the hotel industry.

Helmsley, who died in 2007, also served a jail sentence of tax evasion.

The university said that the new technology purchased with the donation will help its research in marine environment and development.

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9 Responses to “Trust Fund of US ‘Queen of Mean’ Gives $25 Million to Haifa U”

  1. So Leona was not that mean after all and also demonstrates that she cared for her own people. Too many rich Jews do not leave anything to their own people. Bravo Leona

  2. Aldo Mimoun says:

    Even after death she was able to contribute to the State of Israel. This complete her T'Shuvah.

  3. Not so mean after all ha!

  4. Herb Glatter says:

    Please reconsider the photo and offensive remarks about this very generous donation.

  5. Anonymous says:

    She made all her money in the U.S. The 25million should go to pay down Israel's billions in debt owed to the American workers.

  6. Gideon Jones says:

    Underwater robots and vehicles? So the joke that if the Arabs ever succeeded in pushing us into the sea, we’d learn to thrive there…is TRUE?

  7. She’s changed… Bravo!

  8. Foxy wildly says:

    May her Yiddish soul rest in peace!!

  9. It may be true that she made her fortune in the US, but maybe not ALL of it. In any case, for your information, the billions of "debt owed to American workers" by Israel is nonsense. Most of the US foreign aid money given to Israel is spent (on defense) in the US and thus provides JOBS to millions of American workers.

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