When Robert Ellsworth passed away, he wanted to make sure his favorite waitresses were taken care of.
The 85-year-old art mogul left some very surprised servers one final tip in the form of $50,000. Ellsworth frequented New York Upper East Side steakhouse Donohue’s on many occasions. The millionaire got his nickname “The King of Ming” from his expertise in the Ming Dynasty.
While Ellsworth didn’t actually know the waitresses’ last names, he addressed them as “Maureen at Donohue’s” and “Maureen-at-Donohue’s Niece Maureen” in the will.
At the time of his death last August, Ellsworth was said to be worth about $200 million. The art collector spent most of his meals at the steakhouse, often bringing friends and colleagues to dine with him. The staff said he always would tip generously when he ate there, never even looking at the bill.
Ellsworth died from injuries caused by a fall.