“They were incredibly rich and incredible sparing to handing out money to good causes,” Kaplan told ABC News. “They were not generous people.”
there was ever hard proof that the gilded age was over, it’s the sad, sordid story of alleged greed, wealth and family dysfunction that has surrounded one of America’s great philanthropic ladies. The lawsuit launched by Philip Marshall included supporting affidavits by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and banking executive David Rockefeller. The two men, both friends of Brooke Astor, support Philip’s request to have his father replaced as Astor’s guardian and manager of her estate.