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Wealthy hedge fund manager anonymously lent private jet to fly dying Salina man to see his children

November 18, 2010

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— A wealthy hedge fund manager who was the target of political attacks during his fiancee's re-election campaign to Congress was the person who anonymously provided his private jet to fly a dying Kansas man to Maine to see his children.

Anthony Napoleone, 28, of Salina, Kan., was flown to Maine last month so he could spend his last days at a relative's house in Raymond and be near his two young sons, who live with his ex-wife. At the time, the identity of the person who donated use of the jet was kept secret.

The Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday that the donor was S. Donald Sussman, founder and chairman of Paloma Partners, an investment firm in Greenwich, Conn., that manages more than $1.7 billion in funds.

Sussman came under scrutiny this fall when Republicans accused his fiancee, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, of ethics and campaign finance violations for traveling on his jet and for leading what they called an opulent lifestyle with Sussman's wealth. Pingree easily won re-election.

Sussman said he first heard of Napoleone last month in a radio story describing how his family and friends were trying to raise money so he could come to come Maine and see his children before he dies. Napoleone has an incurable staph infection in his lower back that was brought on by wounds suffered in a stabbing two years ago that paralyzed him from the waist down. He has been given only weeks or months to live.

Sussman said he offered up his jet, along with a pilot and a nurse. "I hate to see people hurting," he said.

Napoleone said he's forever grateful to Sussman, whom he's never met.

"I never figured I'd come back here," he said. "I figured I'd be stuck in Kansas. He's a great guy as far as I'm concerned."

Comments

pace 4 years, 1 month ago

Anonymous? Good for Sussman for helping. But when I made an anonymous donation the person in charge of the charity leaked my name and couldn't imagine that it pissed me off. I thought she was a big mouthed attention grabber. It isn't anonymous if there is a story about it in the paper with all the names and facts. Too many people don't understand that if someone want to do something anonymously and you take the donation under that condition, you have given your word and it doesn't matter how you feel about it,

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