Muriel Siebert, the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, left her Chihuahua, Monster Girl, $100,000 in her will.
Ms. Siebert, who died recently at the age of 84, asked a friend to look after Monster Girl and left enough money to pay for a lot of kibbles.
The bulk of her $48 million estate will go to her foundation which--
…supports the furtherance of education in personal financial literacy and the humane treatment of animals,” specifically animals “owned by the elderly who are financially challenged. ..[she] also gave $10,000 to The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, to be gifted while Monster Girl is still living. Source
You may remember several years ago when Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble, billions to animal charities, and token sums to her grandchildren. They contested the will and Trouble was left with a paltry $2 million when a New York judge decided that Helmsley was a bit balmy and had no right to have her last wishes granted.
This won’t happen to Monster Girl. Ms. Siebert never married and had no children. She left generous amounts of money to her housekeeper, her hairdresser, her aging sister and other friends.
I find it interesting that both women left the bulk of their estate to charities, but the dogs drew the headlines.