New York Billionaire Harry Macklowe is ready to give up half of his fortune just to settle his divorce, but his ex-spouse isn’t having any of it.
The man behind iconic properties such as 432 Park Avenue, the General Motors Building, and Apple’s glass cube retail store across from Central Park, was in a jovial mood outside a civil courtroom when his soon to be ex-wife Linda Macklowe turned down $1 billion and opted to go to trial instead.
“As soon as this divorce is over, I’m getting remarried,” Macklowe told reporters. He’s rumored to be exploring a relationship with the younger Patricia Landeau, a French art museum president in Jerusalem.
Harry and Linda who are both 79, saw 59-years of marriage come to a screeching halt after his ex-spouse learned that Harry had put up his french love interest Landeau, 62, in an apartment just one mile away from their home at the Plaza hotel.
Harry and Landeau reportedly met at a museum event in Manhattan. Rumors have swirled that Harry was “gallivanting” around the Hamptons with his new girlfriend.
An Entire Real-Estate Empire and a World-Renowned Art Collection Set To Be Divided
Cracking jokes to reporters and seemingly un-phased by the prospect of losing an estimated billion dollars, as well as splitting their billion dollar art collection while Linda and her lawyers declined to comment. Harry took the opportunity with reporters to work in some impromptu stand-up comedy, while complaining that his wife never laughed at any of his jokes.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Laura Drager requested that both sides move along with the process, “expeditiously” while requesting more information to help determine the value of Harry’s entire empire.