A billionaire Manhattan developer is headed towards a public divorce trial next week, despite a judge’s warnings that it’s going to get nasty.
Harry Macklowe, 80, had boasted to reporters that he offered his wife half of his roughly $2 billion fortune to resolve their dispute, but that she rejected the eye-popping sum, NY Daily News reports
During a pre-trial conference Wednesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laura Drager said the estranged couple hardly could agree on anything.
But she cautioned that a compromise is in their best interests.
“I am concerned about what your expectations are for what this trial is going to be like. It is not going to be a pleasant experience,” Drager said.
She said a trial would air their dirty laundry and expose details about their assets, personal lives and business.
“That will be displayed for everyone to see,” the judge said.
The couple has been married for nearly 60 years.
Linda, 79, filed for divorce last June. She is an art-collecting trustee of the Guggenheim Foundation.
Harry Macklowe is now engaged to Patricia Landeau, 60, who is president of the French Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Among Macklowe’s properties are the towering 96-story 432 Park Ave. building, as well as the underground Apple Store on Fifth Ave. near Central Park.