When it comes to notorious corporate money makers, they’re the two biggest names out there. Both have earned obscene wealth, although some of their methods in obtaining it have been more dubious than others…
JEFF BEZOS: CEO, founder and chairman of the world’s biggest online shopping retailer, Amazon.
JORDAN BELFORT: Formerly a notorious stockbroker and now an author and motivational speaker.
JEFF BEZOS: It depends which source you favour, but what’s the odd $20 million discrepancy when you’re worth around $115 billion?
JORDAN BELFORT: He’s made millions, lost millions – Belfort was fined $110 million after pleading guilty of defrauding investors – and made them again after reinventing himself. Now, he’s thought to be worth around $100 million.
JEFF BEZOS: The richest man in the world does not have a matching car collection – Bezos has famously stayed loyal to his 1996 Honda Accord, which would easily give you change from £10k.
JORDAN BELFORT: Car aficionados wept in The Wolf of Wall Street at what happened to the stunning Lamborghini Countach. Predictably, Belfort also had a Ferrari in his garage, although he’d hardly driven the Testarossa when he had to sell it on.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) December 7, 2015
JEFF BEZOS: Bezos has picked up a couple of powerful enemies along the way. Possibly the most deranged is the President of the United States himself, who has vowed to “break” Bezos after bizarre rants about Amazon’s negative effects on the US Postal Service.
JORDAN BELFORT: The Wolf’s company, which made millions illegally and then landed him in jail, is now legendary thanks to a certain Hollywood A-lister and blockbuster.
JEFF BEZOS: Despite having homes valued at £20m+ and a private jet, there’s nothing too exciting for a billionaire. The money he pours into his space ventures – he’s determined to get paying customers into space and soon – is probably his biggest splurge.
JORDAN BELFORT: Debauchery reigned in every aspect of Belfort’s former life, from writing off his helicopter and yacht in one afternoon, to sleeping with his wife on $3 million in $100 notes and using only gold toilet paper. The last one may be a lie, but we wouldn’t put it past him.
JEFF BEZOS: It’s surely no surprise by now to learn Bezos prefers to go under the radar when it comes to his wrist wear. He’s frequently been pictured wearing a Ulysse Nardin Dual Time, a rather understated choice (see our Face Time for details).
JORDAN BELFORT: Belfort’s gold Tag should be celebrated for all its ridiculousness, but he was also thought to favour a Rolex Submariner Date in yellow gold.
What Belfort doesn’t have in cold hard cash, he has in chutzpah. Not only is the man a disgusting degenerate, but he’s also a legend, and the fact he survived a life of excess, then not only told the tale but also sold it and made his fortune (again), makes him an obvious winner for us. Sorry, Jeff.