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‘Real Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort on sex, drugs and starting over

Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort is an American author and motivational speaker.

He shot to mainstream fame when his memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street” was adapted into a film in 2013.

Belfort was brilliantly depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio.

In 1999, he pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes in connection with stock-market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny-stock scam.

Belfort spent 22 months in prison as part of an agreement under which he gave testimony against numerous partners and subordinates in his fraud scheme.

Nikiwe Bikitsha (in for Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show) interviewed Belfort for the weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Scroll down to the YouTube clip for the interview and Belfort’s answers to the questions below.

Question:

In your heyday you were making around US$1-million a week.

How did it all go wrong? (YouTube: 1.09)

Question:

Was it greed? (YouTube: 2.32)

Question:

You stole from people.

Are you ashamed of that? (YouTube: 3.07)

Question:

US authorities haven’t been too happy with the pace at which you’re paying people back.

Are you sure you’ll be able to pay everyone back this year? (YouTube: 4.04)

Question:

How much has your life changed since the events described in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (YouTube: 5.18)

Question:

Your past life is there for everyone to see.

They know your name and recognise you.

Do people ever say, “You are that guy! You lived that debaucherous life!”?

I’m thinking about your antics with cocaine and whatnot. (YouTube: 6.18)

Question:

We shouldn’t glamorise your life. (YouTube: 6.51)

Question:

Are you, in a sense, trying to redeem yourself in these talks that you give? (YouTube: 7.54)

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