Lucky Butler Who Inherited Millions Misses Simple Life

By Ben Fractenberg on August 14, 2010 12:38pm | Updated on August 14, 2010 12:37pm

Former butler Indra Tamang outside his new home, the Dakota Building.
Former butler Indra Tamang outside his new home, the Dakota Building.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER WEST SIDE — A rags to riches story has left a lucky butler pining for his rags.

Nepalese immigrant Indra Tamang, 57, was left two Dakota building apartments as a thankyou for 30 years of devoted service to the late actress Ruth Ford.

Now he's longing for life as it was before his windfall.

"Mud house dweller as I was, I rather live in own cocoon," he wrote in broken English on his blog.

"I rather be Indra of yore, I rather live my own life than try to be someone else."

Tamang started working for Ford after moving to to New York from Nepal in the 1970s.

He inherited two apartments from her, as well as her art collection, after the actress died last August.

Tamang wrote it has been difficult to remain humble after his good fortune.

“The stars in my head lingered quite some time," he wrote.

"The brightest lasted a good part of a week. It still shows up...sporadic though...but it still comes back sometimes -the sporadic media interviews, invitation to host talk shows, chair a program hosted to recognize my own 'success.'”

“I never thought I would be media blitzed the way I was when the news that Ruth left everything she had in my name hit the media.

“Mud house dweller from Nepal as I was, it shook me quite a bit, even though I have been spending the best part of each day in Dakota Building for 36 years in New York City.”

Ford took her daughter, Shelley Scott, and grandchildren out of the will. Scott contested and was awarded a small settlement, The Daily News reported.

Still, Scott said she was “very happy” for Tamang, according to The News.

Tamang continues to live in a two-family home in Woodside, Queens, with his wife and three kids. One of his Dakota apartments in on the market for $5 million.


Former butler Indra Tamang inherited two apartments in the famous Upper West Side building, the Dakota, from late actress Ruth Ford.
Former butler Indra Tamang inherited two apartments in the famous Upper West Side building, the Dakota, from late actress Ruth Ford.
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