During the live auction, real estate developer Patrick Carroll got up on stage and said he would give $1 million to C.A.R.E. for Special Children if the audience at the fancy event would match it.
A spy tells us that Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX and a crypto billionaire, was the first to pay $250,000.
“When the pot reached $900,000, Patrick raised it to $1.5 million, so people had to keep bidding,” a witness told us. When people kept bidding, DiCaprio “put in the last $50,000” that was needed, the witness said.