Buro 24/7 Middle East chats to the 'real wolf' of Wall Street Jordan Belfort
On his upbringing, profits and family
At the peak of his career when he was the owner of Stratton Oakmont, Jordan Belfort employed over 1,000 stockbrokers to start more than 30 million-dollar-companies from nothing. His high-flying success soon turned into one of the industry's biggest scandals, when he was arrested for security fraud and money laundering, resulting in 22 months in prison.
Despite his past in which Belfort says he "lost my soul" on Wall Street, he has since penned two international bestselling memoirs, The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street; and was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Ahead of his trip to Dubai in May, where he will speak at the 10th Arabian Business Forum; Buro 24/7 gets to know more about the 'real wolf' via an exclusive webcast...
On the film The Real Wolf of Wall Street
"To see your life on the silver screen is an interesting experience. It is gratifying in some respects and is also humbling. I feel bad about a lot of stuff but in the end you take the good stuff and you roll forward with it and you take the bad stuff and internalise it and learn from it and move on."
On his profits
"I turn over all the profits I make from the books and the movie - anything I do regarding my story is given to all the investors who lost money back in the day due to my work."
On his upbringing
"I came from a lower middle class family but a really good, educated and very hardworking family. My parents were brilliant and a lot of what's shaped my beliefs growing up is watching my parents struggle with money."
"I always say to people when you model my life and my business, it is also important to take note of what I did wrong."
On achieving your goals
"Honestly, the only thing standing between you and your goal is the silly story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it. It's all about belief - in yourself and your dream."
On letting the past stay in the past
"No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change."