Bernie Madoff net worth and salary: Bernie Madoff is an American stockbroker and convicted criminal who has a net worth of -$17 billion. Prior to his conviction, Bernie Madoff had an all time peak net worth of $800 million. As part of his conviction, he has been ordered to pay north of $17 billion in restitution to thousands of victims around the world. All of his family assets have been seized and he now sits in jail. Bernie Madoff is the mind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history, which bilked his clients out of approximately $65 billion dollars. He is serving a 150-year prison term.