Just days before the news of John Paulson’s divorce was announced, the hedge fund billionaire took his wife to a posh awards dinner in his honor – and his girlfriend showed up as well.
Paulson – who made $ 20 billion bypassing the US real estate market before the 2008 crash – sat near the front line alongside his 21-year-old wife Jenny Paulson at the 2021 Alexander Hamilton Awards dinner of the Manhattan Institute at Cipriani 42nd Street, participants told the Post.
Meanwhile, a few tables at the September 10 party sat Alina de Almeida, the 33-year-old Instagram nutritionist who recently dated Paulson and shared her Fifth Avenue apartment, as Page Six revealed last week. Wearing an elegant silver dress, de Almeida told other diners that she was a “friend” of the 65-year-old Wall Street mogul, a person at the table told The Post.
De Almeida – whose Instagram feed is chock-full of nutritional tips and photos of herself in skinny workout gear – raised eyebrows at the table as she continued to talk about a past affair with a former Blackstone executive , sources said. According to one participant, she explained how the adventure with another billionaire had taken her to a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants across America and Europe.
Registered Dietitian, de Almeida dedicates a special section of her professional website Effective Health to “chelfies” or photos with her favorite Michelin-starred chefs including Jean Georges and Guy Savoy and shows her at restaurants in New York, Portugal, France, England and Mexico.
A representative for Paulson – whose divorce is set to cost him billions because he has no marriage contract and Jenny, 50, is said to be in talks with famous lawyer Robert S. Cohen – declined to comment. The Manhattan Institute declined to comment. De Almeida did not respond to request for comment. Jenny Paulson’s lawyer did not respond to the request for comment.
The event was otherwise jaded, insiders said. A source called it a “high-end rubber chicken” affair, adding that he was shocked that something interesting could “perhaps have happened at that boring dinner”.
Paulson received the Hamilton Award, which celebrates “leaders not only at the local level, but also at the state and federal levels, who have done remarkable things in public policy, culture and philanthropy,” according to the MI website. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott also received the award that evening.
In a brief cookie-cutter speech to some 200 attendees, Paulson – who recently predicted cryptocurrencies “will go to zero” – touted the benefits of capitalism and criticized outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the participants. .