Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family gets nothing as Hebrew University owns Albert Einstein's name

RELATIVITY is lost on the university that owns the lucrative rights to Albert Einstein's name but does not give a dollar to his family, the New York Post reported.
"Everyone assumes I'm filthy rich, and they think I have a mental problem because I'm not using my money," the late scientist's granddaughter, Evelyn Einstein, told The Post.
When the iconic genius died in 1955 at age 76, he bequeathed the literary rights in his estate to Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The school later trademarked Einstein's name, and last year alone made $10 million from licensing fees.
"I never made any issue of the fact that they were willed the literary estate," Evelyn said. "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."

Evelyn, 69, and in poor health, said she never knew how much her grandfather's name was worth until 2008, when Forbes magazine released its list of highest-earning deceased celebrities.
Evelyn said when she approached officials at Hebrew University about sharing the profits, she was "rudely blown off."
The university did not respond to requests for commen

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