Leona Helmsley Net Worth: Leona Helmsley as an American businesswoman known for her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behavior that earned her the nickname Queen of Mean who had a net worth of $8 billion dollars.
Leona Helmsley was born Lena Mindy Rosenthal on July 4, 1920 in Marbletown, New York and grew up in Brooklyn and Manhattan where she dropped out of Abraham Lincoln High School to seek her fortune. In a short time, she changed her name several times—from Lee Roberts, Mindy Roberts and Leni Roberts. Eventually, she decided on Leona Mindy Roberts. Leona Roberts was a condominium broker in 1968 when she met and began her involvement with the then-married multi-millionaire real estate entrepreneur Harry Helms Helmsley who divorced his wife of 33 years and married Leona on April 8, 1972.
Together the Helmsleys built a real estate empire in New York City including 230 Park Avenue, the Empire State Building, the Tudor City apartment complex on the East Side of Manhattan, and Helmsley-Spear, their management and leasing business. The couple also developed properties that included the Park Lane Hotel, the New York Helmsley Hotel the Helmsley Palace Hotel, and hotels in Florida and other states.
By the beginning of 1989, twenty-three hotels in the chain were directly controlled by Leona . Leona Helmsley died from congestive heart failure at the age of 87, on August 20, 2007, at her summer home in Greenwich, Connecticut.