Billionaire investor Rick Ross has said he is not racist because he bought a home for his wife and son after they were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mr Ross told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he had bought a four-bedroom home in Manhattan for his family after his wife died of breast cancer, and the sale was made with their consent.
“I’m not racist, I just want to live the way I want to,” he said.
“And my wife was just really supportive of it and my son was really supportive, and that’s just who I am.”
When we got diagnosed with cancer we were like, ‘OK, we’re going to do this’.
“We just bought a house in Manhattan and we were really excited about that.”
Mr Ross’ purchase was made after his eldest son was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and his wife had died of stage 3.
“So when I got to see my son, and my wife died, and I was like, this is just perfect,” Mr Ross said.
“And we were just like, wow, we can do this.”‘
I think it’s pretty obvious’: RossThe billionaire investor said he wanted to help his son, who was diagnosed three years ago, and his mother-in-law as they struggled to pay the mortgage.
“The one thing that you’re going for with any of this is your family,” he added.
“It’s your family.
You’re going after your kids and your mom and your grandkids and your brothers and sisters and your nieces and nephews and cousins.”
There are things in life that you can do to help.
“Mr Trump is a big supporter of Mr Ross and has repeatedly defended him, saying the billionaire was the best investor he’s ever met.”
Rick Ross, if you could give me $1 million, I’d buy Donald Trump a house,” Mr Trump said in September last year.”
You’re going from the best to the worst investor ever.
And he’s a guy who’s been doing this for a long time.”ABC/wires