Meet Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier arrested for alleged sex trafficking who's rubbed elbows with Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Kevin Spacey
Ellen Cranley,Ellen Cranley,Benjamin GogginJul 7, 2019, 23:39 IST
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.(Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking of minors.
The arrest comes more than a decade after Epstein dodged federal charges in a secret plea deal after years of fielding allegations of sexually abusing young girls.
The charges cracked Epstein's carefully curated and mysterious image that was seeded in the highest levels of New York's political and financial social circles.
Epstein was born on January 20, 1953 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In his early 20's, he taught physics and math at Manhattan's elite K-12 Dalton School.
While at Dalton, Epstein's prospects for a high-flying finance career began to bloom.
Epstein did well at the firm and was made a limited partner before he decided to leave in 1981 to start his own firm.
Once he set up J. Epstein and Co. in 1982, Epstein's wealth and career get increasingly murky.
Though many weren't exactly sure how Epstein made money, his wealth began to play out on an international scale as he snapped up properties across the world and set up a foundation that donated to Harvard.
Epstein gained public recognition through the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, which put his high-profile connections on display with a $30 million donation to Harvard University.
Epstein emerged as a "collector" of famous and powerful friends, and became well-known for footing travel for a trip to Africa with President Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey.
Clinton isn't the only president who has been friendly with Epstein. Donald Trump ran in the same circles as Epstein, and seemed to be privy early on to the open secret that the financier was often surrounded by young women.
Epstein's connections proved valuable after Miami authorities began to investigate Epstein for sexual abuse in 2005. The financier was protected from prosecution in 2007 by Trump's now-Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta.
Epstein's mysterious public image began to crack over the course of his legal proceedings, as he became a registered sex offender in 2008.
In details of the allegations later revealed by the Miami Herald, Epstein allegedly routinely abused underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion.
On July 6, Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking of minors.