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Sam and Marilyn Fox with Alvin Malnik

Sam and Marilyn Fox with Alvin Malnik

Iconic Florida business exec Alvin Malnik came back to his St. Louis roots for a reunion with pals from the days he attended Soldan High and Washington University. The dinner took place Tuesday evening at Tony’s where a gaggle of about 20 toasted him and wife, Nancy. Among the crowd was former Ambassador Sam Fox and his wife, Marilyn. Malnik reminded Sam, “I dated Marilyn before you met her.”  Sam explained to Malnik that his purchase of Pritikin is set for expansion nationally.  Pritikin is a longevity center, diet and weigh loss spa and resort..    


  • Wally Ballew says:

    It was kind of cheeky for Alvin to say that to Sam.

  • Jean Valjean says:

    Did Alvin have a facial nip ‘n tuck, or did the plastic surgeon transplant his clavicle to his face? That forced smile must have been painful.

  • Jean Valjean says:

    Alvin Malnik, the 80-year-old with 5-year-old cheeks, is an “iconic Florida businessman” only if you’re a comedy writer. Check this out from a blog in Broward/Palm Beach FL:

    “Facing a criminal trial and millions in bail costs and legal bills, Michael Jackson found a “friend” in a local man: reputed mobster Al Malnik.

    Malnik, owner of the Forge restaurant in Miami and a former close associate of Mafia kingpin Meyer Lansky, befriended the pop king and let him stay in his 15-bedroom, 35,000-square-foot Palm Beach County mansion in Ocean Ridge. Jackson even sat with Malnik at the head table during Malnik’s 70th birthday bash at the Forge in 2003.

    The ultra-wealthy Malnik, who made a fortune in the shady and predatory title loan business and also has ties to notorious con man Joel Steinger, not only helped Jackson pay the costs of the criminal case but also reportedly helped him try to pay off massive loans Jackson took against the value of the Beatles’ catalog he co-owned with Sony. The Beatles’ song rights are reportedly worth about a billion dollars.

    But Malnik, in his business dealings, has never been known for helping anyone without expecting more in return. He learned from Lansky, after all, and was dubbed the mobster’s “heir apparent” by Reader’s Digest when Lansky died in 1983. He was banned from Atlantic City casinos by the New Jersey Gaming Commission after it was determined he was associated with criminals, including Lansky and mobster Sam Cohen.”

    But he’s “iconic” if Sam Fox is dining at Tony’s with him.

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