Alina de Almeida and boyfriend John Paulson were spotted at the Italian wedding of Blackstone exec Mark Mofatt and his wife Sarah Mintz and according to witnesses they were getting pretty close. The newfound romance comes on the heels of Paulson filing for divorce from his wife earlier in the week.
The wedding took place on Sept. 25 at a beautiful Italian villa on Lake Como in Villa d’Este. Alina de Almeida, 33, and Paulson, 65, were seen dancing and having fun all night. One source said, “He and Alina were inseparable, they were at each others’ sides and canoodled all day and night.” The source added, “They partied and ate and drank all weekend.”
This romantic vacation is surprising given the looming divorce battle that Paulson will have to deal with. Five days before the wedding, he filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, Jenny. With no prenup agreement, Paulson could soon have to say goodbye to a portion of his wealth.
John Paulson is reportedly worth around $4.7 billion. He made $20 million of that back in 2008 when he bet against the market before the crash. Over the years, he and his wife have built up an impressive real estate portfolio, including a townhouse in Manhattan worth $14.7 million and two estates that are estimated to be worth about $41 million each.
According to sources, Paulson’s upcoming divorce will be considered a “clash of Titans,” with both sides bringing in prominent New York lawyers. Paulson has hired William Zabel and according to his lawyer, the billionaire still cares about his soon to be ex-wife.
“John has deep respect for Jenny and will continue to support all that is best for the health and happiness of the family,” said Zabel.
The pair met when Paulson hired his wife as his assistant back in 1999. He asked her out many times and she kept on refusing saying that Paulson would have to fire her and find her a new job before she would go out with him. The pair married in 2000.
His new relationship with a much younger girlfriend, Alina de Almeida, was announced just a couple weeks ago by Page Six. According to sources, the couple has already started living together in Paulson’s Olympic Tower apartment in Manhattan. The pair had been spotted multiple times in the Hamptons together, and friends say that they are very much in love.
“John does have a new, much younger girlfriend and while it is still early days, the relationship is blossoming. They are very happy,” said a source.
According to Page Six, the couple met through mutual friends last summer and Paulson has been very open about his new girlfriend. Sources say that he and his wife haven’t lived together for 15 years. The Washington Post even spilled that during a gala where Paulson was being honored the billionaire tried to get a seat for his new girlfriend despite his wife sitting right next to him.
Alina de Almeida is a certified registered dietician and health guru and like her new boyfriend has amassed a following of her own. The 33-year-old has over 140K followers on Instagram and her Effective Lifestyle brand offers followers nutrition and workout tips.
The Instagram beauty is originally from Montclair, N.J. and she finished her nutrition clinicals at NY Presbyterian Hospital according to her website.