Jordan Belfort Net Worth
Jordan Belfort net worth: Jordan Belfort is an American former stockbroker, author, and motivational speaker who has a net worth of -$100 million dollars. He published his memoir, "The Wolf of Wall Street," in 2007. It was turned into a film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013. Also, the 2000 movie "Boiler Room" was based on Belfort and his firm Stratton Oakmont.
Early Life: Jordan Ross Belfort was born in The Bronx, New York on July 9, 1962. He was raised in Bayside, Queens in a Jewish family. Belfort and a close friend made $20,000 selling Italian ice from coolers to people on the beach during the summer between high school and college. Belfort graduated from American University with a degree in biology. He enrolled in dental school at the University of Maryland School. He left after the first day of classes when a faculty member said being a dentist wasn't a way to get rich.
Career: Belfort sold meat and seafood door-to-door on Long Island, New York. His meat-selling business grew from the original one-man operation into a company that employed several people and sold 5,000 pounds of beef and fish every week. When he was 25, he filed for bankruptcy and found a job at L.F. Rothschild as a stockbroker trainee. Allegedly, Belfort's first boss told him the keys to success were masturbation, cocaine, and hookers. He was laid off from this firm after the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash. Despite this setback, Belfort was hooked on the idea of making the kind of money the more senior stockbrokers did. In the late 1980s, Belfort worked for a number of financial firms, soaking up all the knowledge he could. He perfected his sales pitch and in 1989, decided to start his own firm.
Belfort founded Stratton Oakmont in the early 1990s. The firm markets penny stocks in a boiler room setting. Belfort used a pump and dump scheme to defraud his investors. At the height of Stratton Oakmont's success, Belfort employed more than 1,000 stockbrokers and over $1 billion under management. However, the National Association of Securities Dealers was on to Belfort and Stratton Oakmont. The association was closely scrutinizing the firm's transactions. Then, in December 1996, the National Association of Securities Dealers kicked Stratton Oakmont out of its membership and the firm went out of business.
Belfort reportedly laundered his money into Swiss banks. His mother-in-law and his wife's aunt both helped smuggle the money into Switzerland. While running Stratton Oakmont, he reportedly threw parties that included midget-tossing contests.
Legal Issues: Belfort was indicted for securities fraud and money laundering in 1999. He served 22 months of a four-year sentence in exchange for a plea deal with the FBI. His financial scams cost his investors $200 million.
Restitution: Belfort was indicted for money laundering and fraud in 1998. He was convicted of securities fraud and money laundering spent almost two years in jail. He also had to pay back $110 million of the $200 million that he stole from more than 1500 clients. To date, he has only paid back around $10 million of the $110 million.
Motivational Speaking Career: Since his release from prison, Belfort reinvented himself as a motivational speaker. He started a business called Global Motivation, Inc. He spent about three weeks a month on the road delivering speeaches on the importance of ethics in business and learning from mistakes. Back int he 1990s, for instance, he thought he was justified in breaking the rules laid out by financial regulators because a lot of other people did it. To book a speaking engagement with Belfort it will run you $30,000 to $75,000. To book a sales seminar with him runs $80,000 and up. He hasn't gotten the best reviews for his speeches with commenters negatively reacting to his stories about flouting the financial regulations as he did in the 1990s.
Writing Career: Belfort wrote the two memoirs "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street" which have been published in approximately 40 countries and translated into 18 languages. "The Wolf of Wall Street" was turned into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margo Robbie. Martin Scorsese directed the film. He also wrote "Way of the Wolf: Become a Master Closer with Straight Line Selling," which was released in 2017.
Personal Life: During his years at Stratton, Belfort led a lavish lifestyle and threw frequent parties. He also used recreational drugs, especially methaqualone, or quaaludes.
Belfort and his first wife Denise Lombardo divorced during his time running Stratton Oakmont. They were married from 1985-1991.
Tommy Chong was his cellmate in prison and was the person who encouraged Belfort to write "The Wolf of Wall Street."
He married British-born model Nadine Caridi in 1991. They met at a party. They had two kids together — Chandler and Carter. They separated after she accused him of domestic violence (likely drug-fueled) and divorced in 2005.
Belfort bought the luxury yacht Nadine, which was built in 1961 for famed designer Coco Chanel. He renamed the yacht after his second wife. The ship sank off the coast of Sardinia in June 1996. All who were aboard the yacht were rescued by the Italian Navy's Special Forces. Later, Belfort admitted that he insisted on sailing the yacht in high winds against the advice of the ship's captain.
In 2oo8, Belfort started dating Anne Koppe. They got engaged in 2015. As of 2020, they are still together but unmarried.
Belfort is an avid tennis player.
Belfort lives in California but his employment is based in Austria. This conveniently for him makes it harder for the government to get their hands on his money to give to the people he defrauded.
Belfort has been compared to the infamous Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff.
Belfort has a cameo near the end of "The Wolf of Wall Street." In it, advertised his motivational speaking business.
His former head of security Bo Dietl gave an interview in which he said that he never saw Belfort sober while he worked for him and revealed that Belfort had serious ties to the Mob.
Real Estate: In 2001, the federal government seized Belfort's Long Island, New York mansion, and then sold to pay back some of Belfort's fraud victims. Since that time, the home has been sold several times. It hit the market in 2017 for $3.4 million. In August 2018, the price was slashed to $2.89 million.
|Net Worth:||-$100 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jul 9, 1962 (58 years old)|
|Profession:||Motivational speaker, Entrepreneur, Author, Film Producer, Screenwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|