Tycoon gives away $800 million fortune, then leaps to his death


Robert W. Wilson, a retired New York hedge-fund founder who committed his life to giving the fortune he made from investing to charities, has died. He was 87.

He died Dec. 23 after leaping from his 16th-floor residence at the San Remo apartment building on Manhattan’s Central Park West, according to a person with knowledge of the incident who asked not to be identified because family members hadn’t been notified. Police said an 87-year-old man was found in a courtyard at the rear of the building and pronounced dead from an apparent suicide. He suffered a stroke in June, Gary Castle, his accountant, said yesterday in a telephone interview.

  • arcsine

    The post title could be better. The ‘then’ makes it seem as though it was recent instead of decades of generosity. 🙁 A sad ending for a generous fellow.

    • DanielSw

      Well, “generosity” obviously wasn’t his saving grace.

      Monetary riches seemingly rarely equates to real wealth and well-being, suicide being one drastic antithesis of such.