Opera donor leaps to his death on Christmas Eve

Robert Wilson, a hedge-fund mogul who used to be chairman of New York City Opera, jumped to his death from his 16th floor apartment in Central Park West.

Wilson, 87, had suffered a stroke six months ago. Detroit born and divorced for the past 35 years, he had given much of his fortune to charities, the arts and Roman Catholic causes. The full extent of his gifts is believed to reach half a billion dollars. Aside from his chairmanship of the ill-fated City Opera, he was also a member of the boards of the Metropolitan Opera and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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