Hedge fund founder fatally shot in Manhattan apartment – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2015

Authorities are investigating the death of a 70-year-old hedge fund founder, who was found fatally shot in his New York apartment on Sunday, according to reports.

The body of Thomas Gilbert Sr. was discovered in a bedroom of his apartment in Manhattan, Bloomberg reported; he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the Associated Press reports that he was declared dead at the scene.

Before the shooting, Gilbert — the founder of Wainscott Capital Partners Fund — and his son were “believed to be discussing differences in their relationship,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited an unnamed law enforcement official.

The Journal also reported that the victim’s wife called emergency responders after finding the body near a handgun.

“I heard a loud sound right above me,” Christopher Kelly, who lives below Gilbert, told the New York Post. “In New York, you hear loud noises. I thought somebody dropped something.”

Police were reportedly questioning Gilbert’s son, 30-year-old Thomas Gilbert Jr., though a spokesman told Bloomberg that the younger Gilbert hadn’t been charged with anything.

The elder Gilbert was a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Business School, according to his biography on the Wainscott Capital Partners site. He founded Wainscott in 2011, after leaving the private equity biotech asset acquisition fund Syzygy Therapeutics.

“He was a pillar on Wall Street — somebody everyone looked up to,” another neighbor, Hector Torres, told the New York Post. “Very nice gentleman … They seem like a normal family. Every time I saw him in the elevator, he would say, ‘Hi.’ He would ask how I was.”


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