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Bernie Madoff and Ruth Alpern filed for divorce in August, 2011. They have been married for 58 years and filed for divorce 5.3 years ago.

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Bernie Madoff

Business - Other

Why Famous: Multi-Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Age: 78 (b. 4/29/1938)

 

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Ruth Alpern

Other - Spouse

Why Famous: Ex-Wife of Bernie Madoff

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Event Start Date Length
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Married 1959 58 years
    Separated n/a --
    Filed for Divorce 8/2011 --
 Total58 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Mark196446 yrs.*MaleBiological
Andrew196650 yrs.MaleBiological

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Ruth worked in Madoff's firm and founded the Madoff Charitable Foundation. According to a March 13, 2009, filing by Madoff, he and his wife were worth up to $126 million, plus an estimated $700 million for the value of his business interest in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Other major assets included securities ($45 million), cash ($17 million), half-interest in BLM Air Charter ($12 million), a 2006 Leopard yacht ($7 million), jewelry ($2.6 million), Manhattan apartment ($7 million), Montauk home ($3 million), Palm Beach home ($11 million), Cap d' Antibes, France property ($1 million), and furniture, household goods, and art ($9.9 million).

Madoff donated approximately $6 million to lymphoma research after his son Andrew was diagnosed with the disease. He and his wife gave over $230,000 to political causes since 1991, with the bulk (88%) going to the Democratic Party, and 12% to the Republican Party. Family Foundation, a $19 million private foundation, which he managed along with his wife. They donated money to hospitals and theaters. The foundation has also contributed to many educational, cultural, and health charities, including those later forced to close because of Madoff's fraud. After Madoff's arrest, the assets of the Madoff Family Foundation were frozen by a federal court.

Mark Madoff owed his parents $22 million, and Andrew Madoff owes $9.5 million. There were two loans in 2008 from Bernard Madoff to Andrew Madoff: $4.3 million on October 6, and $250,000 on September 21. Andrew owns a Manhattan apartment and a home in Greenwich, Connecticut, as did Mark prior to his death on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.

Following a divorce from his first wife in 2000, Mark withdrew money from an account. Both sons used outside investment firms to run their own private philanthropic foundations. In March 2003, Andrew was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma and eventually returned to work. He became chairman of the Lymphoma Research Foundation in January 2008, but resigned shortly after his father's arrest. Peter and Andrew Madoff remain the targets of a tax fraud investigation by federal prosecutors, according to The Wall Street Journal. David Friehling, Bernard Madoff's tax accountant, who pleaded guilty in a related case, is reportedly assisting the investigation. According to a civil lawsuit filed in October 2009, trustee Irving Picard alleges that Peter Madoff deposited $32,146 into his Madoff accounts and withdrew over $16 million; Andrew Madoff deposited almost $1 million into his accounts and withdrew $17 million; Mark Madoff deposited $745,482 and withdrew $18.1 million.

In October 2011, Ruth revealed a suicide attempt which took place on Christmas Eve 2008. She tells that she and Bernie took many pills in an attempt to end their lives after his ponzi scheme ended.

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