Bernie Madoff

1938 - 2021

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Bernard Lawrence Madoff ( MAY-dawf; April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American financial criminal and financier who was the admitted mastermind of the largest known Ponzi scheme in history, worth an estimated $65 billion. He was at one time chairman of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Madoff's firm had two basic units: a stock brokerage and an asset management business; the Ponzi scheme was centered in the asset management business. Madoff founded a penny stock brokerage in 1960, which eventually grew into Bernard L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernie Madoff has received more than 13,141,073 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Bernie Madoff is the 45th most popular businessperson, the 449th most popular biography from United States (up from 485th in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Businessperson.

Bernie Madoff is most famous for being the mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison for his crimes.

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Among businesspeople, Bernie Madoff ranks 45 out of 847Before him are Andrew Carnegie, Soichiro Honda, Joan Gamper, Hugh Hefner, Ettore Bugatti, and J. Paul Getty. After him are Rupert Murdoch, Boris Berezovsky, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Robert Kiyosaki, Dietrich Mateschitz, and Otto Frank.

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Among people born in 1938, Bernie Madoff ranks 26Before him are Christopher Lloyd, Paul Verhoeven, Mireille Darc, Vladimir Vysotsky, Natalie Wood, and Liv Ullmann. After him are Rod Laver, Giuliano Gemma, Jean Seberg, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abulfaz Elchibey, and Marina Vlady. Among people deceased in 2021, Bernie Madoff ranks 15Before him are Chun Doo-hwan, Christopher Plummer, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Charlie Watts, Isamu Akasaki, and Carlos Menem. After him are Desmond Tutu, Raffaella Carrà, Bernard Tapie, Roh Tae-woo, Paul J. Crutzen, and Abolhassan Banisadr.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bernie Madoff ranks 449 out of 20,380Before him are Dennis Hopper (1936), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Edward Hopper (1882), Leslie Groves (1896), and Lauren Bacall (1924). After him are O. J. Simpson (1947), George Herbert Mead (1863), Robert Johnson (1911), Viggo Mortensen (1958), Diana Ross (1944), and Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Bernie Madoff ranks 18Before him are Colonel Sanders (1890), P. T. Barnum (1810), J. P. Morgan (1837), Philip Kotler (1931), Hugh Hefner (1926), and J. Paul Getty (1892). After him are Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Ray Kroc (1902), Martin Cooper (1928), Ronald Wayne (1934), Robert Kardashian (1944), and Stan Kroenke (1947).