At 26 year sold, Jordan Belfort’s net worth was more than $50 dollars. He had it all, a staggering mansion, luxurious yacht, and private plane. He hosted lavish parties and had a legendary drug habit. That is, until it all came crashing down and he everything including his marriage and was handed a two-year prison sentence. But that’s just the start of Jordan Belfort’s incredible story, portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Imagine making $50 million by the time you’re 26. You have everything money can buy. Any car you want. Any yacht you want. All the drugs you need and every expensive toy you can get your hands on is there. The boozing is constant, the party is constant. You’re surrounded by people who are also making millions because of you. You’re living that crazy life you only see in movies.
Now imagine losing it all. And not in a subtle way.
The authorities show up at your house, your wife is screaming. They seize everything. Your plane, your cars, your house and your life. They haul you off to jail. Your marriage is destroyed and you’ve just been slapped with a two-year prison term.
This is just a tiny glimpse into the life of Jordan Belfort.
The former stockbroker, speaker, and best-selling author of The Wolf of Wall Street.
Jordan made his fortune selling penny stocks out in Long Island at the same time I was on Wall Street. It came out later as a pump and dump scam and he pleaded guilty to securities fraud.
During his time in prison, Jordan wrote his book which was later made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and directed by Martin Scorsese.
After prison, he was forced to remake himself and this is exactly what he’s done. He now travels the world teaching people how to sell better.
Jordan’s life is fascinating, and it was great spending time with him.
We dove deep on so many aspects of his life. From what his time in jail taught him to what he learnt about himself writing The Wolf of Wall Street book, Jordan is a dynamic and ever-changing guy. Many people would not survive the catastrophic disaster of his former life, never mind using jail time to write a blockbuster book. And Jordan’s ability to survive and thrive is inspiring.
Along with his history on Wall Street, we also chatted about the ethics of Wall Street then and now and about the drug culture that exists in high finance. Jordan opened up about where his relationship with money came from and how his values have changed since leaving jail.
We talked about Martin Scorsese’s film and Jordan’s thoughts on Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of himself. Whether or not certain scenes in the film were accurate and what about his story attracts people.
I know you’re going to find his story fascinating.
00:00 | Trailer
02:44 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:02 | Brian’s introduction
04:34 | Jordan loves London but for one thing
06:01 | Lack of information on financial investments no excuse now with so much information online
07:14 | Working on Wall Street with the mission to make lots of money
12:14 | The ethics of Wall Street then and now
17:16 | Why there is a drug culture on Wall Street and in the City of London
21:52 | Jordan’s realisation of where his relationship with money came from
26:55 | What getting caught and going to jail has allowed him to do
33:20 | The tough years
41:17 | What Jordan learnt about himself in writing The Wolf on Wall Street book
44:19 | How his values have changed
47:00 | His book was also made into a film
50:00 | What it is about the story that attracts people
53:29 | Praise for Leonardo DiCaprio’s interpretation of Jordan in The Wolf on Wall Street
57:19 | How much of the film is true, inaccurate or was missed out
1:06:18 | Life for Jordan now and his philosophy on redress
1:08:22 | Jordan’s daily habits which make him successful
1:10:33 | Does he miss the camaraderie of the old days
1:11:40 | Best and worst days of his life
1:12:36 | What scares him
1:18:31 | What keeps him awake at night
1:20:41 | Phone call to the 20 years old Jordon Belfort
1:21:16 | Best advice he ever received
1:21:34 | Success secrets
1:22:20 | Brian’s summing up.
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