Monday, February 7, 2011

Einstein’s 69-yr-old granddaughter wants her due

 Einstein’s 69-yr-old granddaughter wants her due
New York, Feb 7 : The university that owns the lucrative rights to Albert Einstein’s name is refusing to give a dollar to his family.

The late scientist’s granddaughter Evelyn Einstein, who approached the Hebrew University of Jerusalem about sharing the profits it earned, claims that she was ‘rudely blown off’.

“Everyone assumes I''m filthy rich, and they think I have a mental problem because I''m not using my money,” she told the New York Post.

When the iconic genius died in 1955 at age 76, he bequeathed the literary rights in his estate to the Hebrew University.

The school later trademarked Einstein’s name, and last year alone made 10 million dollars from licensing fees.

“I never made any issue of the fact that they were willed the literary estate,” said Evelyn.

“But what does a bobblehead have to do with a literary estate? I was really offended by some of the stuff that was being OK''d,” she added.

The 69-year-old, who is in poor health, said she never knew how much her late grandfather''s name was worth until 2008, when Forbes magazine released its list of highest-earning deceased celebrities. That year, Einstein''s name and likeness raked in 18 million dollars.

“I don''t want to be rich. I don''t want huge amounts of money. I''d like to move into an assisted-living facility that isn''t dangerous,” said Evelyn. (ANI)
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