American financier and convicted fraudster who ran the world’s largest Ponzi scheme.
Former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market before being revealed as the operator of the largest financial fraud in history, worth about $64.8 billion.
Bernie Madoff claimed to have started the scheme in the early 1990s, but federal investigators believe it may have started as far back as the 1970s. He was arrested in 2008.
Bernie Madoff - Wikipedia
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