Leona Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman. She was known for having a flamboyant personality. She had a reputation for tyrannical behavior; she was nicknamed the Queen of Mean.
She owned many hotels, apartment buildings and condominiums.
Helmsley was found guilty in 1989 of tax evasion, false personal tax returns and mail fraud. She served some time in prison for the crimes.
Helmsley was born in Marbletown, New York. She died from heart failure at age 87 in Greenwich, Connecticut.