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Jordan Belfort vs. Jho Low: Which Infamous Fraudster Is Worth More Today?

We put the two financial sharks head to head.

Jordan Belfort and JHo Low

Partying fraudsters Jho Low and Jordan Belfort ripped off thousands of people for millions—even billions (though in Jho Low’s case he has not actually been convicted and denies any wrongdoing). Claims against Low state that he found his illicit fortune through Malaysia’s 1MDB, a state-owned investment fund that diverted money to him, former prime minister Najib Razak and others. Meanwhile, Belfort’s brokerage Stratton Oakmont swindled by buying stocks low, pumping up the price, dumping them on investors and profiting from the inflated value. Low and Belfort are inextricably linked, but how do the crimes of which they have been accused actually compare?

 

Jordan Belfort

Jordan Belfort

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Jho Low

Jho Low

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A.K.A.

The Wolf of Wall Street

A.K.A.

The Billion-Dollar Whale

FIRST HUSTLE

Between high school and college he made a tidy $20,000 selling Italian ice on the beach.

FIRST HUSTLE

He helped Kuwait buy an $87 million luxury high-rise in Kuala Lumpur.

HE STOLE HOW MUCH?

$200 million

HE STOLE HOW MUCH?

$4.5 billion

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“It was awful what I did, but I was under the influence of massive quantities of drugs.”

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“I’ve nothing to hide.”

VALUE OF HIS OLD DIGS

$2.4 million for his Long Island mansion

VALUE OF HIS OLD DIGS

$24.5 million for his Hollywood Hill estate

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

Belfort had his bachelor party at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas along with around 200 attendees. It got so out of hand that he had to pay to refurbish an entire floor afterward.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

A regular in Vegas, Low once celebrated the New Year’s Eve countdown twice: once in Sydney, then again in Vegas via private jet with Jamie Foxx, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio and others.

JAIL TIME

Twenty-two months. Belfort served in a minimum-security prison in California.

JAIL TIME

None. He faces eight counts, each with a maximum sentence of five years.

SUPERYACHT OF CHOICE

Nadine (167ft)

 

SUPERYACHT OF CHOICE

Equanimity (300ft)

 

KNOWS LEONARDO DiCAPRIO BECAUSE

DiCaprio played Belfort in the biopic The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Leonardo DiCaprio

KNOWS LEONARDO DiCAPRIO BECAUSE

Low helped fund The Wolf of Wall Street. He claims he helped DiCaprio, a friend of his, secure the role.

Leonardo DiCaprio

DOWNFALL

After years of scrutiny, the National Association of Securities Dealers finally shut down Stratton Oakmont down in 1996.

DOWNFALL

Xavier Justo leaked to the press 230,000 e-mails from his former employer PetroSaudi, exposing 1MDB.

Current Net Worth

$100 million

Current Net Worth

$150 million

DID HE PAY IT ALL BACK

Nope. Since his 2003 sentencing, Belfort still owes about $97 million in reparations.

DID HE PAY IT ALL BACK

No, he settled with the US in a $700 million deal that will drop the government’s case against him.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Belfort travels the world as a motivational speaker.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Who knows? A fugitive, he’s believed to be hiding out in China.

 

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