From the Jeffrey Epstein scandal to the demise of Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos, these were the biggest billionaire controversies of the 2010s
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- These billionaires were involved in some of the most talked about scandals of the decade.
- Elizabeth Holmes' net worth plummeted from $4.5 billion to $0 after it emerged her blood-testing company was being investigated by federal agencies.
- Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was facing sex trafficking charges when he died at a Manhattan jail.
- While some billionaires emerged unscathed after paying hefty fines or reaching settlements, others have never recovered.
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The saying goes that the bigger you are, the harder you fall.These billionaires all experienced public scrutiny and the impact of a widely known scandal - brought on by personal issues, business-related turmoil, or even federal crimes.
AdvertisementFrom the highly publicized Jeffrey Epstein scandal to the demise of notorious Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford, here are 13 of the wildest billionaire scandals that defined the 2010s.
In 2011, George Soros' 28-year-old girlfriend sued him for $50 million, saying he refused to buy her an apartment. At the time, he was 80 years old.
In 2012, Allen Stanford was convicted and given a 110-year sentence in federal prison for running the second-largest Ponzi scheme in US history.Advertisement
Chick-fil-A president, chairman, and CEO Dan Cathy, son of the chain's founder Truett Cathy, came under fire by LGBTQIA activists in 2012 after voicing support for "traditional marriage."
French luxury fashion tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault became embroiled in a child support scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Linda Evangelista, in 2012.Advertisement
In 2013, billionaire Jacqueline Mars' car struck another vehicle, killing a woman and an unborn baby.
Once Brazil's richest man with a net worth of $30 billion, Eike Batista lost the majority of his wealth when his oil company, OGX, went bankrupt in 2013.Advertisement
Italian media billionaire and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was charged and found guilty of soliciting sex from an underage sex worker in 2013.
Elizabeth Holmes fell from grace after it emerged that her medical start-up, Theranos, wasn't everything it claimed to be.Advertisement
Henry T. Nicholas III, the co-founder of Broadcom, was accused of drug trafficking and drug possession in 2018.
Kylie Jenner was named the youngest "self-made" billionaire by Forbes in 2018, but critics had a problem with calling the already-famous beauty entrepreneur "self-made."Advertisement
Elon Musk has had a number of controversies over the years, including being charged with fraud by the SEC in 2018.
Mark Zuckerberg faced criticism after 2018 comments about Holocaust deniers' posts on Facebook, as well as the social network's mishandling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Advertisement
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking charges and subsequent death by suicide in jail made international headlines in 2019.
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