By December 30, 2013 6 Comments Read More →

Wall Street Tycoon Gives Away $800,000,000 Then Commits Suicide

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Last week, Robert Wilson, an ex-hedge fund executive jumped to his death from his 16th floor New York City apartment. Wilson, had recently suffered the debilitating effects of a stroke. His suicide from Manhattan’s exclusive San Remo building didn’t occur before he first gave away his $800 million fortune to charity.

The 87-year-old Wilson finalized the last $100 million just before jumping. This last chunk of his fortune went to the Environmental Defense Fund. The $100 million before that landed in the accounts of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society, spread out over a several years.

(Article by James Achisa; image via ABC)

Posted in: Banks, Wall Street
  • k

    thats sad…money doesnt bring happiness!

  • Christena Harralson

    Wow its Amazing that he donated all that money but even sadder than him commiting suicide is that the money he give to those “charity’s “will probably be Pocketed like all the others! :( What a Pity!!!

  • Sarah

    Glad for the charities, but so sad for him that he was in such dispair. Did he not have someone who loved him? RIP, Robert.

    • Ewade

      Charities my ass. They stole all his money and threw him off the balcony.

  • wiley789

    Giving to charity, he may as well have burned it, perhaps 10% of it will end up in some needy persons pocket, the rest goes to the CEOs and execs of the charities, with their massive salaries and bonuses. As bad as greedy grasping churches in my eyes.

  • wiley789

    some people are saying sad, why, he had a good innings at life, 87, and with the money he must have lived well. just another human being at the end of their life, nothing more nothing less, it will get us all in the end.