Catching the Wolf of Wall Street
In the go-go nineties, Jordan Belfort proved that you didn't need to be on Wall Street to make a fortune in the stock market. His company was good at separating wealthy investors from their cash and spending it as fast as it came in--on hookers, yachts, and drugs. But when Jordan's empire crashed, the man who had become legend was cornered into a five-year stint cooperating with the feds. In this astounding account, Belfort tells the true story of his spectacular flameout and imprisonment for stock fraud. Wall Street's notorious bad boy leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat out his oldest friends and colleagues. With his kingdom in ruin, not to mention his marriage, the Wolf faced his greatest challenge yet: how to salvage his self-respect.
Jordan Belfort was born in Queens, New York, the son of accountants 'his mother wanted him to be a doctor'. He hustled ices to put himself through college showing early entrepreneurial flair. His first business sent him bankrupt at 24 so he went down to Wall St with $100 in his pocket and through a series of wild coincidences and leaps of logic ended up building one of the largest brokerages in America the now infamous Stratton Oakmont. Ultimately indicted by the federal government, Belfort served twenty-two months in prison, spent one month in rehab, and is currently living in Los Angeles, California.