Millionaire Music Mogul Leaves $1.5 Million to Devoted Workers

Heartbroken music tycoon repays faithful employees after his death.

ByABC News
January 30, 2012, 2:25 PM

Jan. 30, 2012— -- You could call it one of the most generous "thank yous" in history.

Two devoted workers of a millionaire Park Avenue music tycoon have struck gold after the death of their former employer and friend, Alan Meltzer.

After his wife dumped him, a heartbroken Meltzer left $1 million to his former chauffeur, Jean Laborde.

"I don't know what to do exactly with the money, but one thing I know for sure. Every year, I'm going to bring the guy some flowers at his grave," Laborde told the New York Post.

But flowers may not be enough to keep the spirit of the joyful mogul alive.

"He was always joking. He never looked down on anybody," said Laborde, a 54-year-old father of five from Irvington, N.J. "He was such a nice guy. He left me money, but it's not a good deal for me because it means he's no longer here."

Chamil Demiraj, Meltzer's former Upper East Side doorman for 15 years, received $500,000 from the music mogul's $10 million estate.

Demiraj, who lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, N.Y., said he had no idea Meltzer was leaving him any money. He said he might start a business with the newfound cash.

"He was a generous guy. He was a good friend of mine," Demiraj told "Rest in peace, and I really thank him. I will never forget him."

Meltzer, 67, the lively former head of the New York's Wind-Up Records and a celebrity high-stakes poker player, died on Halloween, a year after he was divorced from his wife, Diana. The cause of death is still unknown. The couple, who started Wind-Up in 1997, was together for 13 years and had no children.

The split denied Meltzer's ex at least a guaranteed 33 percent of his estate. But the money, and the man, is the last thing on Diana's mind.

"He can leave it to whoever he wants," Diana told the New York Post of her lost fortune. "I'm doing fine. I could care less."

And care less is an understatement.

"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've divorced. The man is dead."