- Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender.
- Epstein began his career in finance at the investment bank Bear Stearns before forming his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. Epstein was a multimillionaire who was well connected with certain financial, political, and cultural elites.
- In April 2005, police of Palm Beach, Florida, began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he molested her 14-year-old daughter.
- He served almost 13 months in custody, with work release, as part of a plea deal; federal officials had identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, who had been molested.
- Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.
- He died on August 10, 2019 in his jail cell.
- Epstein joined Bear Stearns in 1976 as a low-level junior assistant to a floor trader. In 1980, four years after joining Bear Stearns, Epstein became a limited partner.
- In August 1981, Epstein founded his own consulting firm, Intercontinental Assets Group Inc. (IAG), which assisted clients in recovering stolen money from fraudulent brokers and lawyers.
- In 2000, Epstein established the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, which funds science research and education.
- The details of Epstein's net worth remain shrouded in mystery, prompting questions about his past business partners and how he raised money for his investment firm to begin with.