High Roller Leaves $1 Million Tip To DriverJanuary 31, 2012 12:17 pm
Wealthy music executive Alan Meltzer (pictued right) died October last year , with an outpouring of sympathy then flooding in from the poker playing community, of which he was a big part.
Known as a larger than life character, Alan Meltzer was a huge name throughout the gambling world, and would often arrange his ‘Baby Big Game’ of $2k/$4k cash-poker, with many top pros vying for a place at the table.
Now, the extent to the Wind-Up Records founders’ generosity and charitable nature has been further highlighted recently after it was revealed that in his will was bequeathed $1 million to his chauffeur, Jean Laborde, and a further $500,000 to his doorman, Chamil Demiraj.
Despite considering themselves friends as well as employees, the two men were still stunned to receive such an enormous sum by their boss, with his doorman Chamil Demiraj, stating:
“I appreciate it. He was a generous guy. He was a really good friend of mine, and I was a good friend of his. It’s a surprise. Peace and rest to him. That’s all I can say.”
Equally as surprised by Alan Meltzer’s incredible gift was chauffeur and father of five Jean Laborde, who commented:
“I don’t know what to do exactly with the money, but one thing I know for sure – every year, I’m going to bring the guy some flowers at his grave…He was such a nice guy. He left me money, but it’s not a good deal for me because it means he’s no longer here.”
A year before his death, Alan Meltzer and Diana, his wife of thirteen years divorced, with Laborde and Demiraj apparently offering support and a shoulder to cry on during the difficult period in his life.
Diana would have received a third of Meltzer’s estate had they not divorced, and seemed a lot less impressed by her ex-husband’s generous will, commenting:
“He can leave it to whoever he wants to. I’m doing fine. I could care less. If he wants to give it to the bums, he can give it to the bums. He could f–k a nun. I couldn’t give a s–t. He can give his money to whoever he wants. We’re divorced. The man is dead.”