The Wolf of Wall Street, in theaters now, is the new Martin Scorsese film about the life of con-man Jordan Belfort. The dark comedy paints a picture of a bad man who is now, to some degree, reborn. But what is Belfort up to now? We decided to dig a little deeper.
Writing a best-selling book about his criminal past and having it turned into a blockbuster film, it certainly seems like Belfort is enjoying his resurgence in notoriety -- he even makes a small cameo appearance at the end of the film.
Now legally pedaling his services as a motivational speaker and sales trainer, the Wall Street huckster has looked online in recent years to find new ways to distribute his message, and earn "ethical" profits.
Belfort recently took to Facebook to clarify that he is not profiting from his life story of criminal mischief and debauchery. The former con-artist claims 100% of the profits are going to repay victims of his scams:
For the record, I am not turning over 50% of the profits of the books and the movie, which was what the government had wanted me to do. Instead, I insisted on turning over 100% of the profits of both books and the movie, which is to say, I am not making a single dime on any of this. This should amount to countless millions of dollars and hopefully be more than enough to pay back anyone who is still out there.
Belfort goes on to note: "My income comes from my new life, which is far better than my old one."
While he claims he's not profiting directly from the film, Belfort is aggressively trying to rebuild his fortune as a motivational speaker and corporate coach. The cornerstone of that new life seems to be selling the Straight Line Persuasion System via his website, which is plastered with images of Belfort and star Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Belfort in the film.
For 3 simple payments of $732, Belfort also sells a package of 10 CDs and 10 DVDs, plus a variety of online extras. For those willing to part with that kind of money, Belfort offers "exclusive" access to a live online seminar.
Aspiring millionaires can also part with $299 to purchase the Jordan Belfort Sales Competency Index from Sales Acuity, another tentacle in Belfort's self-help network. The product page promises to "compare your sales competency and preferences and compare them to Jordan Belfort and other extraordinary salespeople."
According to Vanity Fair, the reformed scammer's new life is paying off. He drives a six-figure Mercedes, has two blonde female assistants and lives in a small oceanfront mansion in California. Belfort's latest project is shopping a reality show, and he claims to be in discussions with several cable networks.
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