There were many dark ironies shrouding the Enron scandal of the early 2000s and its founder and CEO, Ken Lay. The energy company, based out of Houston Texas, claimed nearly $101 billion in earnings. However, in reality, Enron was participating in one of the largest cases of corporate fraud in American history. Almost overnight, the company went from one of the most well respected and prosperous businesses in the nation to a bankrupt stain on corporate history. Thousands of … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? Ken Lay
In 2018, over 50 years after the tragic death of NASA astronaut, Ed White, White’s two children, Bonnie and Ed III wrote a commentary piece for The Dallas Morning News about their father. With eloquence, they reflected on their father’s death, “What's been harder has been watching how people forget. Everyone remembers the landing, the triumph. But people tend to forget the cost. Maybe because it's easier that way. It's a shame. Because it's the failures, the tragedies, that truly define … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? Ed White
Fanny Brice (1891-1951) [comedian, singer, and actress] When Fanny Brice sat down to compose her autobiography, she told the writer, “I lived the way I want to live and never did what people said I had to do.” Fanny Brice, born Fania Borach, is a comedic legend who went about her life with audacious tenacity. Her head-strong mindset didn’t always pay off and her life was a mix of stupendous successes and heavy heart breaks. None the less, Brice was determined that the world was her stage. … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? Fanny Brice
Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) [musician] In 1982, Prince released a song dubbed, 1999. In it, he expressed the following sentiment, “But life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.” Prince Rogers Nelson is an American musical legend known for his avant-garde approach to music. Rolling Stone magazine once named Prince the 27th greatest artist of all time. The Los Angeles Times described Prince as, “among the most versatile and restlessly experimental pop artists of … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? Prince Rogers Nelson
“Death is very often referred to as a good career move.” The source of this disconcerting quote could not have known at the time that he was prophesying his own tragic legacy. Charles Hardin Holley, more famously known as Buddy Holly, was a man remembered for two things. The first was his role as an American Rock and Roll Legend known for pioneering the genre. The second was the way he died. As Don McLean put it, the day Holly met his demise was “the day the music died.” Early … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? Buddy Holly, (1936-1959) American Rock and Roll Legend
George H.W. Bush (1924-2018) 41st President of the United States, 1989-1993 Political Life In the words of President Harry Truman and President Ronald Reagan, "There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.” President George H.W. Bush embodied these words. In his early life, H.W. became one of the youngest aviators in the Navy, graduated from Yale University, and reached millionaire status all before the age of 40. As the President of the … [Read more...] about Famous Estates-Champ or Chump? George H.W. Bush
Robbie Sue Chasen (1946-2010) - Publicist Robbie Sue Chasen, born Veronica Cohen, in Kingston, New York, was raised in both the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx and the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Chasen began her career as a publicist for her brother, film director Larry Cohen, who hired her as a publicist for his 1973 film, Hell Up in Harlem. Chasen represented Michael Douglas, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham, among others. Chasen directed the Academy Award campaigns for more … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) - Actress Katharine Hepburn was an American actress known for her fierce independence and spirited personality. As a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years she appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama. Hepburn received four Academy Awards for Best Actress and in 1999 she was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star in Hollywood history. Upon her death President George W. Bush said Hepburn “will be … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Mary Pickford (1892-1979) - Actress, Producer & Screenwriter Mary Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, cofounder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known to many in the U.S. as “America’s Sweetheart” and “Little Mary,” she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Holly wood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. In consideration of her contributions to American … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was a tragedy. For his loved ones, the pain resulting from his tragic, sudden death was amplified when his long-term partner and their three children found out what the estate plan entailed. The 46-year-old actor’s estate was reportedly worth $25 million. He and his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, had three children together. They never married, and Hoffman last updated his estate plan in 2004. At the … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?