NEW YORK — Robert W. Wilson, a retired hedge-fund founder who committed the latter part of his life to giving the fortune he made from investing to charities, has died. He was 87.
He died on Monday after leaping from his 16th-floor residence at the San Remo apartment building on Manhattan’s Central Park West, according to a person with knowledge of the incident who asked not to be identified because family members had not been notified. Police said an 87-year-old man was found in a courtyard at the rear of the building and pronounced dead from an apparent suicide. Mr. Wilson had suffered a stroke in June, Gary Castle, his accountant, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.