The real Wolf of Wall Street tells all

The real Wolf of Wall Street tells all
THE WOLF: Mr Jordan Belfort (above, with his wife Nadine) boasted that he once slept with his wife on a mattress made up of US$100 bills totalling US$3m.

Debauchery at its absolute worst.

At American stockbroking firm Stratton Oakmont, the routine was not about stocks and shares.

It was about snorting cocaine and consorting with prostitutes. Employees were also encouraged to have sex with each other in the company's glass-walled lift.

The owner of the firm was Mr Jordan Belfort, who was found guilty in 1999 of swindling investors of US$200 million (S$253 million) and sentenced to 22 months' jail.

His memoirs are now made into a Hollywood movie, The Wolf Of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio (inset) plays Mr Belfort.

The Hollywood superstar likened his character's penchant for humiliating public spectacle and debauchery to that of Ancient Rome's most dissolute Emperor.

"He was like a modern-day Caligula," DiCaprio said. "He held nothing back. He was unapologetic about his lust for wealth and his mad consumption."

Indeed it was.

A typical day in his office went something like this: On a sales floor almost the size of a football pitch, a pretty young woman sits on a wooden stool wearing only a bikini, as she faces the collective scrutiny of hundreds of her colleagues. The men stand baying in their sharp suits and crisp shirts as they relish this latest in a long line of tasteless spectacles that punctuated their working lives.

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