It’s been a roller-coaster of a week for oddball billionaire M. Patrick Carroll.
The real estate mogul recently exploded onto the New York scene with all credit-cards blazing, touting Leonardo DiCaprio on charity benefits, raising the tab for entire restaurants, and dropping millions of dollars on art in minutes.
Page Six reported earlier this week that he was booted from an ultra-exclusive party in Capri, Italy, after an alleged edgy feud with a neighboring table.
But now we hear he was back on his big-spending philanthropic ways during the UNICEF gala the next night, as the highest-ever donor to drop a vintage car and $2 million during an auction on “Top Gun Experience” was chosen.
Vanessa Hudgens, Lenny Klum, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and the band Haim participated, and the gala, featuring a performance by Jennifer Lopez, raised a total of eight million euros for Ukrainian and Syrian relief efforts.
A source told us that Lopez celebrated her performance at Da Paolino with Benny Medina and Casey Affleck. Her new husband Ben Affleck, we hear, wasn’t there because he had already moved out.
During a pre-party for the event, Carol got herself into trouble in the days leading up to the Luisa Viaroma x UNICEF gala. As we previously reported, Carroll later told friends that he had a confrontation with biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli after he wandered into his field and started chatting to some women.
According to Camp Carroll, Bertarelli – which is estimated to be worth $8.5 billion – was irritated by the intrusion and either Bertarelli or his heavyweights descended on Carroll.
But another source insisted, “Ernesto was nowhere near him.”
The representative of the incident told us, “Ernesto . . . was nowhere near the scene and the situation, despite other reports to the contrary.”
Carroll’s attorney, Duncan Levine, told us, “What was meant to be a fun night out for everyone in Capri became unnecessary drama. Everyone has talked and things are good now.”
Jamie Foxx also hosted a pre-party for the gala on a yacht with hospitality guru Richie Akiva.
Back in June, the free-spending Carol took to the stage at a gala for Care for Special Children in NYC, pledging to donate $1 million if other guests could collectively match her.
A witness told us at the time, “Once the pot reached $900,000, Patrick raised the amount by $1.5 million, so people had to put up bids,” adding that attendees went on to bid further. After the jump, DiCaprio “put the remaining $50,000 in what he needed.”
Meanwhile, we’re told that on another occasion he picked up the tab for everyone who dine at Akiva’s private club The Ned, including Gigi Hadid, and he recently dropped out of Vito Schnabel’s gallery and on five pieces. Dropped $2 million in 30 minutes.
We’re curious to see if next week is more of a “get off the pavement first” week or more of a “impulsively skip a mill on an Aston Martin” week. Or both!