An eccentric former hedge-fund millionaire, Paul Greenwald, has gone from living in the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to being a missing homeless person that the police are trying to locate.
Paul Greenwald, 70, was reported missing after leaving Bellevue Hospital in Kips Bay at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, police said. He was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 9 for unknown reasons.
Greenwald, who police said is homeless, recently lived around the corner from the hospital at the Bellevue men’s shelter on East 30th Street, a police source said.
His descent into homelessness marks a stunning fall from his once luxurious lifestyle, which began after an argument with his estranged wife.
His first legal trouble was in 2009 after attacking his ex-wife, Michelle Greenwald, an NYU professor and cookbook author.
Greenwald, who was living in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, allegedly lured Michelle to step outside her Horatio Street apartment by phoning her and saying she was parked by a fire hydrant. When she showed up, he grabbed her arm and viciously screamed at her; she reported police at the time.
Michelle taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business and wrote the popular “The Magic Melting Pot” cookbook in 2003.
Greenwald was then committed to Bellevue Hospital’s jail ward after a panel of court-appointed specialists believed he was too sick to plead not guilty knowingly.
At a court hearing, Greenwald — who was charged seven counts of felony criminal contempt — was dismissed from the court for yelling at the judge. “The judge is a f—ing crook!” he shouted.
Greenwald was last seen leaving Bellevue on Saturday morning. He’s about 6-feet-tall and weighs 200 pounds and was wearing a red shirt, black pants, and black sandals.