According to recent court documents, Tony Hsieh’s longtime assistant and her boyfriend are seeking millions of dollars from Hsieh’s estate, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Hsieh, the former CEO of Zappos, died in a house fire in November 2020 at 46-years-old. At the time, he did not have a will so a judge named his father and brother as special administrators to his estate, KLAS-TV reports.
Jennifer “Mimi” Pham, Hsieh’s longtime assistant and friend, and her boyfriend Roberto Grande have filed claims on Friday that they are entitled to $82.5 million, plus 5.25 percent interest on the money they are owed, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Pham filed a lawsuit last year, alleging that the estate was not honoring her business contracts with Hsieh. The contracts are part of three separate companies Pham controls. She also says that he gave power of attorney to Connie Yeh
KLAS-TV estimates that all of the claims total over $130 million.
Hsieh and Pham were close. Hsieh would often use Pham’s cellphone as if it was his own. According to KLAS-TV, some reports suggested they shared an address.
Hsieh’s family claims that he was allowed to enter into contracts while his health was deteriorating. Hsieh fought a long battle with substance.
“Tony’s true friends, not interested in profiting from Tony’s condition, became increasingly concerned about Tony’s health and many were looking for ways to get Tony professional help,” court documents said, according to KLAS-TV. “Unfortunately, in the months since Tony had left the rehabilitation facility, several less scrupulous people prominently occupied Tony’s attention and were living large, all at Tony’s expense.”
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