Who was the real Jeffrey Epstein, and how did he make his millions? 

Jeffrey Epstein was a Gatsbyesque figure who seemed to accumulate Croesus-like wealth out of thin air.

A maths schoolteacher from Brooklyn, he ended up being worth hundreds of millions of dollars, owning a $77 million home in New York, a private jet, and his own island. And no-one has any real idea how.

Financial investigators are now trying to establish where his money came from, and whether it was the product of financial acumen, or something much darker.

A US flag on Epstein's private island

Credit:
AP

Humble beginnings

Having dropped out of a maths degree at New York University, the career of Jeffrey Epstein began in 1974 as a teacher at the Dalton School, a co-ed prep school, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

It so happened that one of the…

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