Bernie Madoff

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Bernard Lawrence Madoff ( MAY-doff; April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American fraudster and financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth about $64.8 billion. He was at one time chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange. He advanced the proliferation of electronic trading platforms and the concept of payment for order flow, which has been described as a "legal kickback". 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 5,827,833 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Bernie Madoff is the 8th most popular mafioso (down from 7th in 2019), the 420th most popular biography from United States (down from 315th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Mafioso.

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 mafiosos, Bernie Madoff ranks 8 out of 54Before him are Al Capone, Billy the Kid, Salvatore Riina, Lucky Luciano, Jesse James, and Jack Ruby. After him are Frank Abagnale, John Dillinger, Jeffrey Epstein, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Bernardo Provenzano, and Wyatt Earp.

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Among people born in 1938, Bernie Madoff ranks 20Before him are Anthony Giddens, Alberto Fujimori, Islam Karimov, Joe Dassin, Luis Aragonés, and Vladimir Vysotsky. After him are Paul Verhoeven, Liv Ullmann, Natalie Wood, Giuliano Gemma, Mireille Darc, and Leonid Kuchma.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bernie Madoff ranks 420 out of 15,968Before him are Iggy Pop (1947), Robert Kardashian (1944), Chet Baker (1929), Jeff Bezos (1964), Susan Sarandon (1946), and Barry Barish (1936). After him are Katherine Johnson (1918), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), James Caan (1940), Nicole Kidman (1967), Julia Roberts (1967), and Dean Martin (1917).

Among MAFIOSOS In United States

Among mafiosos born in United States, Bernie Madoff ranks 5Before him are Al Capone (1899), Billy the Kid (1859), Jesse James (1847), and Jack Ruby (1911). After him are Frank Abagnale (1948), John Dillinger (1903), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), Wyatt Earp (1848), Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1918), John Gotti (1940), and Mark David Chapman (1955).