He has a poet’s soul and a business mind.” Schnabel got involved in the restaurant business when one of his best friends, Jeff Zalaznick, whom he met playing basketball 10 years ago, opened Carbone with Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone on Thompson Street last year.“He has always loved food and restaurants, so when Rich, Mario and I started working on Carbone, it made perfect sense for Vito to become involved and to curate all of the art,” says Zalaznick, who attends Yankees, Giants and Knicks games with Schnabel.“In a business where it pays to flaunt and to be in the limelight, he doesn’t go after it.The spotlight has a way of finding him,” says Librizzi.“Vito had a style at the time, with a white T-shirt and a cashmere V-neck sweater.That was his uniform for about a year when he was 16. It’s funny, but who better for Jay Z to take a cue from?As the May-December romance heats up, with the pair globe-trotting to Paris, Dallas, Los Angeles and Mexico, the tabloids have been breathlessly following Klum’s dive into the cubs’ den.
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” director then dated Rula Jebreal before moving on to model May Andersen, with whom he has one son, Shooter.
Having already squired Demi Moore when she was 50 and he was 26, Liv Tyler when she was 32 and he was 23, and Elle Macpherson when she was 44 and he was 21, the art scion has always hit it off with more experienced ladies, according to filmmaker/artist Nemo Librizzi, a family friend who has known Schnabel since he was 8.
“I remember older women liking him when he was as young as 13, because he could carry on a conversation.
As “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum frolicked in the waters off Tulum, Mexico, last month, she wore little more than a skimpy bikini bottom — and art-dealer beau Vito Schnabel on her arm.
Klum, 40, began dating Schnabel, the 27-year-old son of famed artist and film director Julian Schnabel, in February, shortly after she split with her bodyguard-boyfriend, Martin Kristen.