A former music mogul and recreational high-stakes poker player, Alan Meltzer, awarded his faithful doorman and driver for their long-standing loyalty after he passed away.
Meltzer was the former founder (along with ex-wife Diana Meltzer) of New York-based Wind-up Records. The company signed multi-platinum acts like Creed and Evanescence. Meltzer left the company in 2010.
In what must come as a huge surprise, Meltzer's will has decreed that Jean Laborde, 54, and father of five children will be given $1 million. In addition, Meltzer's doorman, Chamil Demiraj, who reportedly stood by the millionaire during unspecified troubled times, will receive $500,000!
"I don't know what to do exactly with the money, but one thing I know for sure - each year I'm going to bring the guy some flowers for his grave," Laborde was quoted as saying in a report by The Telegraph.
The former employees reportedly helped Meltzer through his divorce (he had been married 13 years).
"He was a generous guy. He was a good friend of mine," Demiraj told ABCNews, adding, "Rest in peace, and I really thank him. I will never forget him."
The millionaire's ex-wife, when told of her former husband's largesse, was less than concerned, both about the money and the recipients.
"If he wants to give it to the bums, he can give it to the bums. He can give his money to whoever he wants. We're divorced. The man is dead," Diana was quoted as saying, in the New York Post.
Meltzer and his wife Diana, a former supermodel, divorced a year before his death. The couple have no children.