Skip to comments.Hedge fund titan, giant of philanthropy leaps to his death after stroke (Robert W. Wilson)
Posted on 12/25/2013 11:35:14 AM PST by Libloather
Multimillionaire philanthropist Robert W. Wilson, 86, took his own life Monday by throwing himself from his luxury Upper West Side high-rise apartment, just a few months after suffering a debilitating stroke, sources said.
The former Wall Street hedge fund titan who donated hundreds of millions to charity left a note before leaping at about 11 a.m. from the 16th floor of the famed San Remo, which overlooks Central Park West, cops said.
He was 86 and suffered a stroke a few months ago, said Wilsons friend, Stephen Viscusi.
He always said he didnt want to suffer, and when the time came, he would be ready.
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Robert Wilson was an 86-year-old Wall Street mogul whose personal fortune was estimated to be about $800million- but he recently told friends he had given all but $100million to charity. He apparently could not give away the rest because it was tied up in long-term investments.
I suspect both Wilson and Humpty were pushed.
Wouldn’t someone who has a stroke be incapacitated? How did he find the strength to leap?
I bet that was a loooong 5 seconds watching the ground get closer.
There’s a tremendous variance with strokes.
I had one 18 months ago. A friend had one about the same time and didn’t recover.
Sad. Hope he found Jesus on the way down. I think of two things when I hear these stories. One is Billy in Carrousel who killed himself and ended up in heaven as a barker on a merry go round. The other is the woman in the Russian story (I read this in The Brother’s Karamazov). The mean (in the original sense) woman in the village wouldn’t give anything to anyone. One winter a man decided to make soup and he only had a stone. He started boiling the soup and people started bringing bits and pieces of things to put in it. Finally the old woman gave a single dried onion. The soup was then given to the entire village. In the course of time she died and as she was rocketing towards hell, she saw the stem of that old dried onion and she grabbed onto it. When she did, she was able to swing herself into heaven. So God loves us so much that it doesn’t take much. What I have learned is, why wait? I am finding heaven on earth.
Something tells me his suffering has just begun.
OK, you’re 86. If the stroke wouldn’t get you, it would be something else.
Strokes cause brain damage, and can lead to anger/depression.
It’s a sad situation, I feel badly for Mr Wilson and his family.
Just glad he didn’t hurt or kill anyone on the ground.
There is a Seinfeld comment here somewhere but I’ll just agree with Mercat and hope that he found Jesus in time.
I am so sorry for this man. He had “everything” and yet nothing.
IMHO, this world is a test. If you keep the Faith in Him, no matter what, you pass the test. But, if you don’t believe, or quit before the test has run its course, you run the risk.
Maybe he was a good man, a philanthropist, but did he belief?
I pray that God is on his side.
Guy like that could easily acquire enough painkillers to do it quietly.
I suspect both Wilson and Humpty were pushed.
It could be the stroke was endued who knows in the world we live in today??
It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the bottom.
Humpty was prolly half boiled and half scrambled. Who knows for sure.
This makes no sense. This guy lived a full life and donated millions. He chose not live out his last days in pain and or incapacitated. Now “god” is going to sentence him to an eternity in a lake of fire? For what purpose. Just to show him? Is god a sadist?
No pedestrians @ CPW @ 11am? Imagine if he’d crashed onto pedestrians, or a car/bus driving up CPW..or did he jump onto the side street.... as if there are no pedestrians there. For a philanthropist, his final act was grossly selfish.
This has to be the favorite place of the meanest people on the planet. Everything is a joke, and the meaner the better. I don’t know why I still hang on here. Maybe a New Year’s Resolution?
Just goes to show, no matter how rich you are the one law you can’t ignore is gravity.
OK. I looked at a photo of the San Remo. His apt was above the terraces levels so his fall would not have been from the 16th floor to the street, only to a neighbor’s terrace @ 12th floor.
Then people who knowingly eat fatty foods, smoke and otherwise live unhealthy lives which eventually die as a result of their actions will meet the same fate as you suggest.
Unless you didn't jump far enough out to clear window sills, ledges, lightpoles and flagpoles on the way down.
Yuk, that is a really messy/colorful way to go: a chunk at a time and ricocheting off of other objects. When I worked in Midtown NYC at Rock Ctr in the 70s & 80s (lived in NJ), there was a jumper (among 4-5 others I remember) who landed on a canvass awning over a storefront and bounced down on to the sidewalk. We’d just turned the corner at 52nd St/Ave Americas (6th Ave) coming back from lunch at “21” to work, and saw it happen. He hobbled away as police/ambulances were arriving. I remember hearing on the news that he’d jumped from the 25th floor window. Hell of an awning.
Thumbs up for the Twilight Zone reference.
#3 (#2 was Yusef Lateef, #1 was Comrade Kalashnikov, nickname ‘Killah’.)
The paper reports that he has donated more than $100 million each to four different charities: The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Monuments Fund.
The Nature Conservancy has assets of $3 billion (tax-exempt) and worldwide control of some 90 million acres. Twelve million acres in the U.S., an area the size of Switzerland.
Operating covertly under a variety of names, TNC “saved” Virginia’s Eastern Shore, putting a largely minority labor force out of work, deepening the scourge of poverty in the area. The “saved” islands were “served with opulent showplaces built for rich clients, all unaffordable to the people of the Eastern Shore.”
Mineral, gas and oil rights were acquired by TNC under the guise of “saving” lands. For instance, TNC “saved” an endangered bird only to pump at least $5.5 million worth of oil and gas royalties, so far, from beneath its habitat. A million acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire are logged by TNC.
A swath of American land larger than the state of Delaware was traded to a foreign power without a word from the American press and public. Two million acres of TNC land in the United States was swapped to the government of Brazil in exchange for Amazon rainforest.
The Environmental Protection Agency currently funds the Environmental Defense Fund, for the purpose of *suing* the EPA, to force it to comply with radical leftist environmentalism. That is, the EPA funds a radical organization to force the EPA do what it is not permitted by law to do.
Middle name Wayne?
Why d’ya think I changed my middle initial from W to A?
It can be pretty rough but move on to another thread if it bothers you; life is too short. As for Wilson, maybe all that’s left of him is decomposing, perhaps there is a soul in a good or dreadful place. Maybe we’ll find out...or not.