Long before Jeffrey Epstein boasted of his billionaires-only client list–and long before his arrests for manhandling underage girls in Florida and New York–the demoralized financier was an eligible bachelor-at-arms in the glossy sheets of Cosmopolitan .
In July 1980, Epstein was featured as the magazine’s” Bachelor of the Month ,” a minuscule section advertising successful single adults across the country. At the time, the future sex-offender was a Bear Stearns trader and invited potential years to write him at the asset bank &# x27; s onetime headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
Epstein too claimed to speak only to millionaires, a prelude to his high-rolling lifestyle that included fraternizing with Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, and amassing a collection of stylish homes in Palm Beach, New York, Paris, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The personals ad, which included a photograph of Epstein in a clothing, shown him as a” New York dynamo” searching” a charming Texas girl .”
” Financial strategist Jeffrey Epstein, 27, talks merely to people who make over hundreds of thousands of a year !” the itemize swore.” If you’re’ a charming Texas girl ,’ write this New York dynamo at 55 Water St ., 49 th floor, N.Y.C. 10041.”
It’s unclear if somebody converge Epstein through the Cosmopolitan writeup. Media representatives for the magazine didn’t return messages left by The Daily Beast.
One month after Epstein’s Cosmo debut, Bear Stearns situated an ad in The Wall Street Journal refer the worker who procreated restriction spouse, including Epstein. But the former Dalton teacher left the firm in 1981, sometime after he was accused of financial chicanery that allegedly involved lending a friend $20,000 to buy stock.
According to Vanity Fair &# x27; s Vicky Ward, after his departure from Bear Stearns, Epstein had was pointed out that he exclusively coped coin for billionaires, though his only known client was Limited Brands chairman and Victoria’s Secret mogul Leslie Wexner.” I was the only person crazy fairly, or cocky enough, or misplaced enough, to move my restriction a billion dollars or more ,” Epstein apparently bragged.
Ward too touched on the” countless women in his life, primarily young ,” while noting Epstein never committed to anyone. In the 1990 s, Epstein was in a relationship with British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell–his accused madam and the daughter of the late media tycoon Robert Maxwell, who was as dark and mysterious as Epstein.
The Mail on Sunday publicized a fibre on their believed romance under the headlines,” The riddle of Ghislaine Maxwell’s secret enjoy .”
” His epithet is Jeffrey Epstein, a shadowy, almost maverick New York’ private developers’ who, for over a year, has helped Ghislaine become a begrudged fixture on the Manhattan social background ,” the British tabloid reported in 1992.” During the past year, say friends, she has fallen in love with him, and the couple are inseparable .”
” Despite the dubious reputation of having been nominated as Cosmopolitan magazine’s Bachelor of the Month ,” the report lent,” Epstein trod into her life at a time when she was urgently lonely .”
The Mail described Epstein as an enigmatic person, rumored to be a concert pianist, a math professor at an elite girls’ academy, and connected to the CIA and Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.” The most curious rumor is that he was a corporate see hired by big businesses to uncover money that had been filched ,” the article stated.
In 1993, the Washington Times imaged Epstein as a” maverick investor and Clinton supporter” and “president of the Limited clothing-store empire.” (< em> The New York Times , in a 1991 blurb, determined Epstein as” chairwoman of Wexner Investment Company .”)
Epstein announced Maxwell his “best friend” in Vanity Fair ‘ s 2003 chart. Once a romantic affinity is over, he said, the woman” moves up , not down” to affection status.” He experiences the company of pretty wives. Ghislaine is important to him in other roads. She formats his social life ,” one pal told London’s Evening Standard in 2001.
The press started burrowing into Epstein’s Gatsby-esque rise after the New York Post divulged he flew former President Clinton to Africa on his private Boeing 727 plane.” How Clinton, who taken away from on Saturday, hooked up with his traveling companions is a mystery–as is his relationship to Epstein ,” the Post were mentioned in autumn of 2002.
That year, Epstein was even apportioned” Best Male Support” at the conclusion of the Stockholm School of Economics'” Female Economist of the Time” fellowship rite. While the business school’s website doesn’t identify Epstein, recognizing the champion as” an important but for now anonymous Friend ,” a Scandinavian magazine did recognize him.
Nordic Reach mentioned the scholarship’s founder, New York-based executive Barbro Ehnbom, who indicated by the” Best Male Support” nickname was created” to reputation a specific Friend who was extra helpful and caring during the previous year .” The section then listed” New York City Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein” as the 2002 recipient.( IRS records for his kindnes, Epstein Interests, show a $25,000 donation to the school for the tax year beginning in June 2001 and ending in May 2002. His other nonprofit, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, gifted at least $ 125,000 to the school from 2005 to 2010, tax returns show .)
Hanna Flodmark, a spokesperson for the Stockholm School of Economics, said Epstein’s subscriptions were made to a store run by Ehnbom, who is an alumna and” important patron of the school .” Ehnbom’s grant is a” separate business” from SSE, though the school has administrated the funds for her in years past.( Ehnbom could not be reached for observation by The Daily Beast .)
In December 2003, Page Six affirmed Epstein, then 50 years old, one of New York City’s” most eligible people” under the headline” Singling Out Apple’s Top Studs .” The register of bachelors included Donald Trump, Jr ., modeling worker Paolo Zampolli, and humiliation onetime Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.
” Mystery billionaire was a math professor at Dalton a few years ago ,” Page Six staffers wrote.” Then he started administering Leslie Wexner’s money. Now he lives in Manhattan’s biggest dwelling. Pro: Has a private airliner which he access to make Bill Clinton to Africa. Con: Was one of Mort Zuckerman’s partners in failed attempt to buy New York periodical .”
But Epstein’s dark secret would come to light in March 2005, when police in Palm Beach launched an investigation into his abuse of underage daughters. Attorneys for Epstein’s victims “re saying he” accosted scores of underage girlfriends after hiring them for “massages.” Some of them, like Virginia Roberts Giuffre, had reportedly banked by Maxwell.
Epstein was arrested in July 2006, and policemen created their example to the FBI. But the money-manager self-assured a cushy deal from federal prosecutors in Miami, eventually asserting guilty to a duet on the part of states blames and expend merely 13 months in a county jail–mostly on “work release.” The sweetheart deal, brokered by former U.S. Attorney in Miami Alex Acosta, was obstructed confidential from dozens of Epstein’s adolescent victims.
This month, one woman came forward to accuse Epstein of sexually mistreating her while he experienced his work release liberties, and the Palm Beach Sheriff launched an internal investigation into why Epstein was allowed his own private motorist and to move unsupervised stops at his manor during his sentence in 2008 and 2009.
Epstein faces sex-trafficking fees in New York after is still being detained for enquiries on July 6, and a Florida judge will soon decide whether to invalidate the 2007 plea batch that shielded Epstein, and his alleged co-conspirators, from serious accuses in Palm Beach.
The New York accusation sets Epstein’s past lives under further scrutiny.
When police recently searched his Manhattan townhouse, they discovered an expired 1980 s passport inside a safe, along with diamonds and $70,000 in currency. Federal counsels indicated the passport( which has stomps from four countries and his photo, but another name) is evidence that Epstein is a flight risk.
But Epstein’s lawyers say the phony passport was a gift from a friend and that he never used it to travel abroad.” Some Jewish-Americans were informally admonished at the time to carry identification carrying a non-Jewish name when traveling internationally in case of hijacking ,” his advocate, Marc Fernich, wrote in courtroom papers.
In the 1980 s, Epstein palled around with Ford modelings, including his ex-girlfriend and onetime Miss Sweden, Eva Andersson. And as The Daily Beast reported, Epstein tried out Juilliard students in 1983 to teach Andersson and his patrons dance in Palm Beach. One dancer said Epstein was “obsessed” with the Flashdance soundtrack when he approached the performing arts clas looking forward to a ballet barre instructor.
A decade last-minute, Epstein was a major donor to Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy. One former administrator told The Daily Beast that the Epstein inspected campus in the 1990 s with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Victims have accused Maxwell of acting as Epstein &# x27; s madam, saying she took part in abusing minor girls and groomed them for Epstein’s affluent friends, including Prince Andrew and Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz.( Both humen have denied those contends .)