Catching the Wolf of Wall Street
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper. He was The Wolf of Wall Street, whose life of greed, power and excess was so outrageous it could only be true: no one could make this up! But the day Jordan was arrested and taken away in handcuffs was not the end of the madness. Catching the Wolf of Wall Street tells of what happened next. After getting out of jail on $10 million bail he had to choose whether to plead guilty and act as a government witness or fight the charges and see his wife be charged as well. He cooperated. With his trademark brash, brazen and thoroughly unputdownable storytelling, Jordan details more incredible true tales of fortunes made and lost, money-making schemes, parties, sex, drugs, marriage, divorce and prison.
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.