Jordan Belfort STILL Greedy: Real 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Runs To Australia To Avoid Paying Restitution, Earns Millions From Movie, Motivational Speeches, DVD
Jordan Belfort, the real life slimeball who was portrayed by Leonardo Dicaprio in Martin Scorsese's outrageous and often hilarious "The Wolf of Wall Street," said that he was sorry for his crimes on "Piers Morgan Live" last week.
"I live with remorse, and that means I go out and do things actively to make up for the wrongs that I committed in the past," Belfort said on the show.
However, Belfort's lying ability made him over $100 million, so whether or not he's actually sorry is debatable.
Belfort now gives motivational speeches, for which he charges thousands of dollars per appearance. He also sells motivational DVD's, which cost $1,997, The NY Daily News reported.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" polarized critics and audiences. Many were disgusted by the film's relentless debauchery; others thought that Belfort's antics were entertaining and highlighted the unbridled aura of greed and hedonism that encompassed every aspect of his life.
One of the biggest complaints about the film was that it didn't discuss Belfort's victims, many of whom Belfort still owes money.
He is required to give 50% of his income to his victims, to whom he owes an estimated $110 million. Belfort has paid back $11 million of the restitution.
The "Wolf of Wall Street" has earned over $220 million worldwide, a portion of which was deposited into Belfort's bank account. Belfort has insisted that he will give "100%" of whatever he earns from the movie to the families of his victims, which he said will be "more than enough to pay back whoever is still out there."
The U.S. government said that this is a complete lie, and that Belfort high-tailed it to Australia soon after making the movie in order to avoid paying taxes.
"We want to set the record straight," Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney, told The Wall Street Journal. "Belfort's making these claims, and they're not factual. He's in Australia and using that loophole to avoid paying."
Belfort may now be sober, but it looks like he was never able to overcome his addiction to money.