ROOMIES Fleiss, Greene (inset) (Photo: Getty Images) CNBC is drooling, drooling over its "first ever television interview" with real estate mogul Jeff Greene today. He's about the only hedge funder to make out like a bandit in the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis. His $50 million investment is said to be worth $500 million now. (Full disclosure: we didn't have time to independently verify that; an intern with a graphing calculator is on it.)
You know who also loves Greene? Heidi Fleiss. But you won't hear about that in CNBC's doting profile of the financial world's new hotness. Greene, Fleiss says, once helped himself to a $30,000 chunk of a six-figure endorsement deal Fleiss was getting to hawk liquor in Australia. They were friends, having met right after Heidi got out of the pen in 1999. The former Hollywood madam crashed at his place for two years after Tom Sizemore smacked her around in 2003.
"If I knew it was going to cost me $30,000, I'd have gotten a place of my own," jokes Fleiss, who says she loves Greene and that he's the real deal, a truly self-made man.