Mark Madoff Bio, Wiki
Mark Madoff was best known for being the son of Bernie Madoff, an American market maker, investment advisor, financier, and convicted fraudster who served a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme. Mark’s father Madoff died of natural causes at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, on April 14, 2021.
Mark Madoff Background, Wife & Son
Mark was the more outgoing of Mr. Madoff’s two sons. At the University of Michigan, his social circle included students largely from other well-to-do East Coast families. He graduated in 1986 and moved to New York to join his father’s firm. Most of his friends rented crammed studios, but Mark lived in an apartment his father had bought for him in Sterling Plaza, a luxury high-rise on Manhattan’s East Side developed by Sterling Equities. Sterling is controlled by Fred Wilpon, the owner of the New York Mets, whose family was friendly with the Madoffs and whose businesses had invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Ponzi scheme.
Mark Madoff married his college girlfriend, Susan, and moved to Greenwich, Conn., where they raised two children. They divorced in the 1990s and Mark eventually moved back to Manhattan. He was remarried, to Stephanie Mikesell, and had two more children with her.
His brother Andrew was considered more cerebral and reserved than Mark, and served as co-director of trading with his brother. He, too, joined his father’s firm after earning an undergraduate business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Madoff Committed Suicide in 2010
Mark Madoff hanged himself in his Manhattan apartment back in September 2010.
“Mark Madoff took his own life today,” Martin Flumenbaum, Mark Madoff’s lawyer, said in a statement. “This is a terrible and unnecessary tragedy.” He called his client “an innocent victim of his father’s monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo.”
According to Deputy Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne, officers responded to a 911 call made just before 7:30 Saturday morning from Mr. Madoff’s apartment building at 158 Mercer Street. Mr. Browne said Mr. Madoff’s body was found hanging from a black dog leash attached to a metal beam on the living room ceiling. He said there was no evidence of foul play.
Mark’s 2-year-old son was asleep in an adjoining bedroom, Mr. Browne said. Law enforcement officials said Mr. Madoff had sent e-mails to his wife in Florida sometime after 4 a.m. “It was more than one,” said an official, who added: “He basically tells his wife he loves her and he wants someone to check on the child.”
Mark’s said the body was discovered by Martin London, a prominent New York lawyer who is the stepfather of Mark Madoff’s wife, Stephanie. Mr. London apparently had gone to the apartment in response to the message to check on the child. Reached by phone, Mr. London declined to comment.
A person in close contact with the family who had spoken with Mark Madoff frequently in the last few weeks said he had been in “an increasingly fragile state of mind” as the anniversary of his father’s arrest approached. The person said Mr. Madoff had expressed both continuing bitterness toward his father and anxiety about a series of lawsuits that were filed against him, his brother Andrew and other family members.