The New York City billionaire developing the world’s tallest residential building has left his wife for a younger French woman.
Sources the New York Post that Harry Macklowe, 78, told his wife last week that he was leaving her for new girlfriend Patricia Landeau, 60.
Immediately after receiving the devastating news, Linda Macklowe, also 78, saw her husband move out to live with his younger girlfriend, who is a mother of four and the president of the French Friends of the Israel Museum.
That report was seconded by others who saw the new couple parading around the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. The Macklowes own a home on Georgica Pond, near Martha Stewart, which Zillow estimates is worth more than $6million.
The Macklowes had been married for 57 years, so their break up comes as quite a shock.
‘Harry told his wife last week he was divorcing her – completely out of the blue – then moved straight in with his girlfriend,’ one source said. ‘This is a total shock to everybody because he’s been married to Linda a long time. Harry is almost 80, he’s been married for [almost] 60 years, and suddenly he has a girlfriend. And he’s been running around town and the Hamptons with her.’
Another source added to the paper: ‘He could have handled it better…it’s so in Linda’s face.’
Harry Macklowe is the previous owner of the GM Building and also developed the Apple store on Fifth Avenue.
He is currently developing the tallest residential building in the world, 432 Park Avenue.
He and his soon-to-be ex-wife were donors to the Israel Museum, which his new girlfriend is associated with, and were regular attendees of the museum’s New York City gala.
It’s reported that Harry met his new girlfriend at a museum event.
The first source said the Macklowe’s divorce is going to be a ‘blockbuster’ with a few billion to split up in addition to a very valuable art collection – which Linda spearheaded – including works by Franz Kline, Marth Rothko and Gerhard Richter worth at least $1billion.