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New York magazine described him as aninternational moneyman of mysteryin a 2002 profile. Author James Patterson, who wrotea bookabout the Epstein scandal, called hima total mystery person,albeit one who spent time in the upper echelons of American society.

His list of friends acquaintances made up a Whos Who of prominent businessmen, celebrities and political figures. Its Gatsby, Pattersontold CBSNon Tuesday. He liked to be around famous people and he liked to throw parties. Epstein liked stars.

Epstein was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, where his father worked for the citys parks department. Even though he never acquired a college degree, Epstein landed a job as a physics and math teacher in the 1970s at the Dalton School, a prestigious private school in Manhattan. He wasreportedly hiredby then-headmaster Donald Barr, father of Attorney General William Barr, according to Newsweek.

According to federal prosecutors, Epstein owns numerous properties: A multimillion-dollar Manhattan townhouse; a Palm Beach estate; a ranch in New Mexico; a home in Paris; and a private island in the Caribbean. He also owns two private jets.

Epstein worked at the Bear Stearns investment bank from 1976 to 1981. According to the Miami Herald, he was a derivative specialist, applying complex math formulas and computer algorithms to evaluate financial data and trends.Vanity Fair reportedin 2003 that he left the firm in 1981 in a dispute with the executive committee about a possible regulatory violation, allegedly lending money to a friend for a stock purchase.

Epstein has told interviewers atNew York magazineand Vanity Fair that he went into private wealth management shortly thereafter, setting up J. Epstein & Co.

Forbessaidhe is not a billionaire and he has never appeared on the magazines list of 400 richest Americans. According to Forbes, The source of his wealth a money management firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands generates no public records, nor has his client list ever been released.

Epstein has claimed in magazine profiles that he manages the money from a private list of billionaire clients, but only one known client has ever been identified: Leslie Wexner, the founder of L Brands, the parent company of Victorias Secret, Bath & Body Works, The Limited and other assets.

According toBloomberg, Today, so little is known about Epsteins current business or clients that the only things that can be valued with any certainty are his properties.

Former President Bill Clintonacknowledgedflying on Epsteins private plane four times, along with staff members and a security detail, but stressed that he knows nothing about the terrible crimes Epstein has been charged with.

President Donald Trump spoke about his relationship with Epstein in a 2002 New York magazine interview: Ive known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. Hes a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.

This week, Mr. Trumpsaid, He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I dont think Ive spoken to him for 15 years. I wasnt a fan.

Billionaire Leslie Wexner has been described as Epsteinspatron and mentorby New York magazine. The New York Times reports Wexner is the apparent foundation of Mr. Epsteins riches. According to New York magazine, Wexnertransferred ownershipof his sprawling townhouse at 9 East 71st Street in Manhattan, where many of Epsteins crimes were allegedly committed, without money changing hands, though the townhouse has been valued as high as $77 million. The New York Timesdescribesthe transaction as one where Mr. Wexner conveyed his interest in the corporation that owned it to one controlled by Mr. Epstein for $20 million, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

The Manhattan residence of Jeffrey Epstein, on July 8, 2019. Prosecutors said federal agents found nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls while searching the mansion.

Epstein has been linked to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who Vanity Fair described in 2003 as his most public companion of the last decade. A 2002 New York magazine profilequoteda society journalist who described Epstein and Maxwell as soul mates.

Maxwellwas suedby one of Epsteins alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, in 2015. The federal suit claimed Maxwell recruited Roberts and other underaged girls to perform sex acts on Epstein in his Florida and New York homes. Maxwellsettled with Robertsfor an unknown sum in 2017 and has repeatedly denied the allegations. She has never been charged.

According toVanity Fair, Epsteins other prominent friends over the years have also included Britains Prince Andrew, Nobel Prize winners Gerald Edelman and Murray Gell-Mann, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz told Vanity Fair in 2003, Im on my 20th book. The only person outside of my immediate family that I send drafts to is Jeffrey.

According toThe Washington Post, a prosecution memo from the time said Epstein and several female assistants would recruit underage females to travel to his home in Palm Beach to engage in lewd conduct in exchange for money … Some went there as much as 100 times or more. Some of the womens conduct was limited to performing a topless or nude massage while Mr. Epstein masturbated himself. For other women, the conduct escalated to full sexual intercourse.

Under the terms of his 2008 plea deal, which was worked out in secret with the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida at the time,Alex Acosta, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges. He served 13 months in county jail but was allowed to leave each day to work at his office. He was also required to register as a sex offender. The deal is now beinginvestigated by the U.S. Justice Department.

In the years since allegations against Epstein first surfaced, a number of women have gone public with their stories. Courtney Wild, 30, toldThe Miami Heraldshe was a victim of Epsteins beginning at the age of 14. Virginia Roberts, 35, toldthe Miami Heraldshe was used as a sex slave for Jeffrey Epstein for years starting at the age of 16. Jennifer Araoz, now 32, toldNBC Newsthat Epstein raped her in his New York mansion when she was 15.

In the Florida investigation last decade, Palm Beach Detective Joe Recareysaidhis team found naked photographs of underage girls in Epsteins closet.

According to Federal prosecutors, the July 2019 raid of Epsteins Upper East Side townhouse uncovered a vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls in his Manhattan mansion. Federal prosecutors said law enforcement found compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: Young [Name] + [Name], Misc nudes 1, and Girls pics nude.

According to the Miami Herald, during the initial investigation in Florida, there would be many Jane Does to follow: Jane Doe No. 3, Jane Doe No. 4, Jane Does 5, 6, 7, 8 and as the years went by Jane Does 102 and 103.

In this Monday, July 8, 2019 photo, Michelle Licata, right, and Courtney Wild, left, leave federal court after wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein appeared for his arraignment in New York. Licata and Wild, two of Epsteins accusers, say they feel empowered after he was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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