Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|The Wolf of Wall Street||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
About Jordan Belfort:
Jordan Belfort is an American motivational speaker and author who built the biggest sales empire in Wall Street – the Stratton Oakmont – in 1990 before it came crashing down due to intrigue, scandal and fraud. Today, he has made a comeback to give people important life lessons that he learned from his transgression.
Life And Early Career Of Jordan Belfort
The son of Max and Leah Belfort, Jordan was born in July 9, 1962. He was born in a decent family from New York. Both his mother and father work as accountants while his brother is one of the respected lawyers in the city. The work of his parents introduced the young Jordan Belfort to the world of Wall Street.
He started with integrity in Wall Street but eventually was drawn to the lies in the industry. In the early 1990s, he founded the Stratton Oakmont which serves as an outbound call center business that sells questionable investments to the unaware public. Because of his business, he was able to raise more than $1 billion in its equities which made him and most of his staffs rich. While operating his boiler room, he employs 1,000 stock brokers who con people to buying bad investments from them. During his early career operating a boiler room, he was a notorious figure in the finance industry.
Aside from raising incredulous amounts of money from his clients, he is also known for his lavish lifestyle, insane personality and drug addiction. He is an owner of a yacht named Nadine which he reportedly sank out of spite near the east coast of Sardinia in Italy. Because of his notoriety, he was dubbed as the Wolf of Wall Street which he later wrote a book about.
While working as Wall Street’s notorious stock broker, he also acted as consultant to many companies. Moreover, his life story as one of Wall Street’s fast rising star was written in magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Time, Paris Match, the Rolling Stone, Le Monde and Forbes.
Due to his exorbitant lifestyle and the many complaints from his investors, Alabama Securities Commissioner Joseph Borg created a task force which led to the prosecution of Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont. In 1998, he was indicted for crimes including money laundering, drug addiction and securities fraud. Not before long, he cooperated with the FBI which resulted to a lesser punishment of serving prison time for twenty two months. He was famous for his pump and dump scheme which involves selling stocks at higher market prices than the actual before dumping the overvalued shares which resulted to the falling of prices. With this scheme, his investors have lost more than $200 million in total.
The court ordered him to pay back the money that he owed his investor but he was able to pay half of it. Currently, he is still paying back his investors using the proceeds that he gets from his two autobiographies.
Life After Prison Time
After serving the twenty two months of prison time in 1998, Jordan Belfort wrote his two memoirs which are considered as his two greatest works. His books The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street have been published by Bantam Books and is sold in forty countries as well as translated in eighteen languages.
On the other hand, he is also currently working as a public speaker lecturing people about the evil of failed ethics and greed. Moreover, he is also teaching people the importance of morality which surprised most of Jordan’s detractors. A few years after serving prison, he was able to achieve a second life and fortunately, people have embraced his renewed self.
Today, he motivates a lot of people through his Jordan Belfort’s Straight Line Training Program which empowers people to become smart investors without loosing their integrity and morality. He sees it as his mission to make up for his crimes and teach people how to become smart investors without hurting other people. Currently, his training programs allow him to teach investors from different age, race, educational background and social status on how to create massive wealth without stepping on other people.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is Jordan Belfort’s autobiography which he wrote shortly after he got out from prison. This book gives insider view on how he lived his life operating a boiler room. The book also gave readers a preview of how he lived a lavish life as he globe-trotted all over the world and sank his own personal yacht before everything went crashing down. His book stirred the curiosity of his readers and it became one of the best sellers during its time. Forbes Magazine noted that the book is also a “proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives”.With its popularity among its readers, the book is set to be adapted into a major motion picture that will feature Leonardo DiCaprio portraying Jordan Belfort. Other actors include Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill. The movie will also be directed by Martin Scorsese and is rumored to be released later this year or earlier next year.
Catching The Wolf of Wall Street
As the next installment of his book The Wolf of Wall Street, the book Catching The Wolf of Wall Street is Jordan Belfort’s second autobiography that depicts his notoriety as a bad boy in Wall Street. The book gives a detailed account of how his empire crashed and how he faced his criminal sentences including his twenty two months stay in prison. Moreover, the book also sheds light on how he was able to realize the things that matter most in his life: his future being a father as well as his sobriety.
Jordan Belfort Today
Jordan Belfort today is busy running his company named after himself. He choose a less glamorous name than his previous company and he provides corporate trainings, sales as well as wealth building strategies to people from all walks of life which is a far cry from what he did before he was put behind bars. Currently, he spends most of his time touring to different countries as a motivational speaker. When he is not busy, he spends most of his time in his simple home in Los Angeles.Book Series In Order » Authors » Jordan Belfort