NEW York businessman Matthew Mellon made billions fromÂ cryptocurrency before tragically dying of drug addiction aged 54.
The father-of-three, who was married to Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon, had battled opioid addiction for years.
Who was Matthew Melon and what was his net worth?
Originally from New York, Mellon was raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and Northeast Harbor, Maine.
He comes from a prestigious banking family including Judge Thomas Mellon, founder of Mellon bank, and philanthropist art-collector, Andrew Mellon.
According to Mellon’s LinkedIn account, he attended the Wharton School and later worked in fashion and finance, most recently gaining attention with investments in the digital currency payments network company Ripple Labs.
He was alsoÂ a former chair of the New York Republican Partyâs finance committee.
Mellon is survived by his first wife, fashion designer Tamara, his second wife, fashion designer Nicole Hanley, and his three children.
Forbes reported in February 2018 that the New Yorker’s investment in digital currencyÂ Ripple – said to be $2million – gave him a fortune of over $1billion.
What was Mellon’s cause of death?
Mellon died suddenly on on April 16, 2018, while in a rehabilitation centre in Cancun, Mexico.
At its peak, he was taking 80 OxyContin painkiller pills a day.
He said he got hooked after suffering a painful surfing injury.
In 2016, he told The Post, âOxyContin is like legal heroin. And it needs to be addressed,â while at a Malibu treatment center kicking a habit of $100,000 a month.
Following his death, aÂ rep said in a statement: âBillionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility.
“Mellon made his fortune inÂ cryptocurrency, turning a $2 million investment into $1 billion.
“He is survived by his three children, Force, Olympia and Minty.
“The family asks that their privacy be respected at this very painful time.â
Who is his ex-wife Tamara Mellon?
Born in London in 1967, Tamara’s model mother and actor father moved the family to Beverly Hills in 1976 before she attended a posh school in Switzerland.
After starting her career in public relations, Tamara became an accessories editor at British Vogue in 1991.
In the mid-90s, she approached shoe-maker Jimmy ChooÂ with the idea of building a company around his creations.
Using loans from her father and factories in Italy, Tamara helped build Choo into a huge brand which by 2011 had over 100 wholsesale clients.
After battling cocaine and alcohol addiction, Tamara met future husband Matthew at Alcoholics Anonymous, The pair split in 2015 after having two children together.
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