In a bombshell report published Monday by the New York Times
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, hedge fund tycoon Leon Black—whose net worth Forbes estimates to be $8 billion—transferred at least $50 million to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein between 2012 to 2017, in a professional relationship that ended in 2018 when the two men had a falling out over a “fee dispute.”

Although Jeffrey Epstein has been dead for over a year, having taken his own life in a Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges, many questions—including how extensive his alleged sex ring of underage girls actually was—remain. From a financial perspective, many people wonder how Epstein, born to a working-class family in Brooklyn, New York, managed to get his hands on hundreds of millions of dollars throughout his lifetime, and use some of those funds to prop up his alleged sexual predation.

Forbes was the first to report the revelation from podcast Broken: Seeking Justice that late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell could have been one of Epstein’s earliest sources of wealth. Maxwell’s prized daughter, Ghislaine Maxwell, was reportedly introduced to Epstein by her father as early as 1988, before his mysterious drowning death off the Canary Islands in 1991. A deposition uncovered by the podcast revealed that Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges in Brooklyn, may have had access to some of her father’s wealth after his death, including the $500 million in pension funds he stole from his own company.

During Epstein’s high-rolling years in the late 1990s, he managed the fortunes of L Brands
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CEO and chairman Leslie