Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Last updated 12 hours ago
Nov 9 2010 | 11:33am ET
With his career as a hedge fund manager at an end and having served his prison sentence for soliciting prostitutes, Jeffrey Epstein has a lot more free time to devote to one of his other, legal passions: science.
The former Financial Trust Co. chief, who is reportedly now under investigation for child trafficking, has launched a blog: Jeffrey Epstein's Profiles in Science. Visitors to the Web site, www.jeffreyepsteinscience.com, will be treated both to Epstein's celebrations of his own philanthropic contributions to science, mostly in the form of conferences held on his private U.S. Virgin Island, as well as to Epstein's read and takes on a variety of scientific issues.
"Profiles" offers readers "The Value of Complexity as Seen by Jeffrey Epstein," "Why Evolutionary Biology Intrigues Jeffrey Epstein," "The Value of Quantum Computing to Jeffrey Epstein" and "An Understanding of Theoretical Physics from Jeffrey Epstein."
The blog also includes various plaudits won by Epstein from a number of big names, most of them, presumably, prior to his earning the title "convicted sex offender."
"Jeffrey Epstein has been very supportive of science, probably as a result of his intense curiosity about a number of important scientific research topics," Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann offers. James Cayne, who presided over the collapse of Bear Stearns, calls him "a very smart guy" and "a very important client for the firm" that no longer exists. Former President Bill Clinton "especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratization, empowering the poor, citizen service and combating HIV/AIDS."
Not mentioned is Epstein's alleged generosity toward modeling agency chief Jean Luc Brunel, who allegedly recruited underage models brought to the U.S. on Epstein's private jets, or his 13-month-long house arrest, or the numerous lawsuits filed by some of the 40 or so young women he allegedly paid to give him nude, sexually-charged massages at his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion.
But the blog does feature photos of important scientists hanging out with Epstein, including physicist Stephen Hawking and former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold.
Jan 23 2015 | 1:00pm ET
In our new section, FINtech Focus, we will profile one of these firms each week. While fintech is a broad category, we will be focusing on firms that specifically cater to the alternative investment industry. Read more…