May 20, 2014
It seems crime pays… or “committing crimes, writing about them, having them adapated into a screenplay, and made into an oscar-winning movie” pays. Jordan Belfort, the “Wolf of Wall Street”, as Bloomberg reports, expects to make more money this year than he “ever made in his best year as a broker.” Having spent 22 months in jail in the 1990s, Belfort comments that ‘my goal is to make north of a $100 million so I am paying back everyone this year,” and adds some remarkably irresponsbible philosophy given the markets today and the world in which we are told we live in… “Greed is not good. Ambition is good, passion is good.” How do we BTFD if we are not greedy?
As Bloomberg reports, Jordan Belfort, whose memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street” was turned into a film by Martin Scorsese, expects to earn more than he made as a stockbroker this year, allowing him to repay the victims of his financial fraud.
“I’ll make this year more than I ever made in my best year as a broker,” Belfort told a conference in Dubai today. “My goal is to make north of a $100 million so I am paying back everyone this year.”
Belfort, a motivational speaker, will use his earnings from a 45-city speaking tour in the U.S. to repay about $50 million to investors. That was his share of the fine, he said.
U.S. stockbroker Belfort spent 22 months in jail for money laundering and securities fraud in the 1990s after his Long Island-based Stratton Oakmont Inc. defrauded investors out of more than $200 million. That story was retold last year in a blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
“After six months of putting all the profit from the U.S. tour into an escrow account, it will go directly back to investors,” Belfort said. “Once everyone is paid back, believe me I will feel a lot better.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission shut down his firm in 1998 and in 2003, Belfort was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail. He now works as a motivational speaker to repay $110.4 million to a victim-compensation fund, which the government said must receive half of his income.
“I got greedy,” Belfort said today. “Greed is not good. Ambition is good, passion is good. Passion prospers. My goal is to give more than I get, that’s a sustainable form of success.”
Perhaps he should take the $100 million and put it all in a diversified portfolio of social media stocks? or all on black? Just don’t “blow” it…
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:43 am