Meet Denise Lombardo – millionaire Jordan Belfort's first wife

Meet Denise Lombardo – millionaire Jordan Belfort's first wife

Denise Lombardo is an American real estate agent and sales executive. She rose to fame in the early '90s when NASD (now FINRA) indicted the then-stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his partner, Danny Porush, for money laundering and securities fraud. Denise and Belfort's love story is still awash on the internet despite them being divorced for over twenty years. Read more about Jordan Belfort's first wife below.

Jordan Belfort's first wife
Denise Lombardo and Jordan Belfort smiling while posing for a picture. Photo: @celebcritics (modified by author)
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NASD began to investigate Jordan Belfort's Stratton Oakmont franchise in 1989. At that time, he was around three years into his marriage with Denise. The couple divorced five years before NASD expelled Belfort's franchise in 1996 and later indicted him for securities fraud and money laundering in 1999. Since Denise Lombardo had been Belfort's wife, she could not avoid media attention when his financial crimes and questionable lifestyle went public. This article shares important details about her life, her marriage with Jordan, and her current whereabouts.

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Profile summary

Full nameDenise Lombardo
Date of birth11th November 1963
Age60 years old (as of 2023)
Zodiac signScorpio
Place of birthOhio, USA
ResidenceWashington D.C., USA
Height5' 2" (157 centimeters)
Weight135 lbs (61 kg)
Hair/eye colorBrown
FatherAnthony Florito
MotherAnn Lombardo
Former spouseJordan Belfort (1985 - 1991)
Marital statusMarried
Current spouseNick Amato
High schoolBayside High School
UniversityAdelphi University
QualificationBachelor's degree in English literature
UniversityTownson University
QualificationBusiness Administration and Science course
UniversityAustralian Catholic University
QualificationMaster's in Educational Leadership & Administration General
ProfessionReal estate agent and sales executive
Net worth$3 million

Who is Jordan Belfort's first wife?

Jordan Ross Belfort (an American entrepreneur, speaker, and author) was married to Denise Lombardo before he became famous for securities fraud and money laundering in 1999.

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How old is Denise Lombardo?

Denise Lombardi's age is 60 years in 2023. She was born on 11th November 1963 in Ohio, USA.

Denise Lombardo's parents and siblings

She is the daughter of Anthony Florito and Ann Lombardo and was raised alongside her two sisters, Deanna and Lisa, and a brother named Paul.

Educational background

Denise attended Bayside High School and obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature at Adelphi University in 1987. She subsequently did a Business Administration and Science course at Towson University, Maryland, and earned a Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration General at the Australian Catholic University.

What does Denise Lombardo do for a living?

Jordan Belfort's first wife is a real estate agent and sales executive at Prudential Douglas Elliman Company. She got into this career even before she married the American entrepreneur.

Denise has worked as a sales executive at Modern Medical System Company, Smith & Nephew Company, and Home Depot Company.

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Denise Lombardo's ex-partner
Denise Lombardo's ex-partner, Jordan Belfort, in a white shirt. Photo: David Howells/Corbis
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Denise Lombardo and her ex-husband's story

Denise (born on 11th November 1963 in Ohio) and Jordan Belfort (born on 9th July 1962 in The Bronx, New York) reportedly began dating at Bayside High School.

After completing high school, Belfort and his childhood friend, Elliot Loewenstern, earned $20,000 from selling Italian ice at a local beach.

After completing his biology degree at the American University, Belfort wanted to use his ice business earnings to study at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

He became a door-to-door meat and seafood salesman on Long Island, New York, when his dentistry plans failed, and also married Denise Lombardo in 1985.

Belfort's meat and seafood business failed in 1987, forcing him to file for bankruptcy. After that, a family friend helped him find a job as a trainee stockbroker at L.F. Rothschild. The company fired him in 1987 when it experienced financial difficulties caused by the Black Monday stock market crash.

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Subsequently, Belfort established the Stratton Oakmont franchise, which marketed penny stocks and defrauded investors with "pump & dump" stock sales. At one point, the company employed over 1,000 stock brokers and dealt in stock worth over $1 billion.

During his years at Stratton Oakmont, Belfort led a lavish party life and was addicted to recreational narcotics. NASD began to investigate the company in 1989.

By this time, he and Denise Lombardo had already divorced in 1991. NASD closed Stratton Oakmont in December 1996 and arrested Belfort over securities fraud and money laundering in 1999.

On 18th July 2003, he was sentenced to four years in prison but only served 22 months at the Taft Correctional Institution in Taft, California, in exchange for a plea deal for running pump-and-dump scams that defrauded investors around $200 million.

The court ordered Belfort to pay back the $110.4 million he swindled from stock buyers. His case was so intense that it inspired the production of the Boiler Room (2000) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) crime films. The latter depicted Belfort's illegal activities and questionable lifestyle.

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Denise Lombardo's ex-husband
Denise Lombardo's ex-husband, Jordan Belfort, sits on a couch in a suit. Photo: @Jordan Belfort
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Who played Denise Lombardo in The Wolf of Wall Street?

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio played Jordan Belfort, while American actress Cristin Milioti took the role of Denise Lombardo.

What happened to Jordan Belfort’s first wife?

Belfort was still running his Stratton Oakmont franchise when he and Denise Lombardo divorced in 1991. The two never had children together, and Denise got married three years later and had three children with her second spouse.

What happened to Denise Lombardo’s ex-husband?

Jordan Belfort rekindled his romance with American model Nadine Caridi, whom he had dated before meeting Denise. They married in 1991, had two children, Chandler and Carter, and divorced in 2005.

The couple divorced over claims of domestic violence, infidelity, and narcotics addiction. That was after Belfort reportedly kicked her down the stairs of their Long Island mansion. Following the divorce, Nadine moved to California.

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Jordan Belfort, Denise Lombardo, and Nadine Caridi have moved on. Belfort married Anne Koppe between 2008 and 2020. His current wife is Cristina Invernizzi, and they have been married since 2021.

Denise has three children with the man she married after separating from Belfort. Meanwhile, Nadine Caridi is married to film producer John Macaluso but maintains a healthy co-parenting relationship with Belfort.

How much did Denise Lombardo get paid?

After divorcing Jordan Belfort, Denise got a considerable sum in financial settlement from her wealth with her ex-husband, but they did not disclose publicly the exact amount.

Where is Denise Lombardo now?

Jordan Belfort's ex-wife is now a real estate agent and sales executive in the US.

Denise Lombardo's former spouse
Denise Lombardo's former spouse, Jordan Belfort, is seen in Los Angeles, California, on 21st March 2017. Photo: Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images
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Who is Denise Lombardo married to?

She is married to Nick Amato, and they have three children: Brett, Nicky, and Matt.

What is Denise Lombardo's net worth?

Her net worth is around $3 million. Denise has accrued most of her wealth as a sales executive and real estate agent. Nonetheless, this does not exclude the compensation she received after divorcing Jordan Belfort.

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Meanwhile, Jordan Belfort has a negative net worth of -$100 million.

Facts about Denise Lombardo

  • She speaks English, German and Italian.
  • She is not on social media.
  • She has Italian ancestry.

Denise Lombardo became famous for being the first wife of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who ran the Stratton Oakmont financial firm. The company orchestrated pump-and-dump schemes that defrauded investors around $200 million between 1989 and 1996. Despite being popular, Denise does not appreciate media attention. Instead, Jordan Belfort's first wife enjoys a quiet and private life away from the public eye. published Laurie Holden's biography. She is a Canadian-American actress, producer, and human rights activist. Holden was a theater actress before she landed her first movie role at age 20.

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