Barry Gesser was a former hedge fund manager and a close associate of Jordan Belfort, the infamous “Wolf of Wall Street” who inspired the 2013 movie of the same name. Gesser was also a consultant for the film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. He was found dead on December 2, 2015, at his home in West Hollywood, California. He was 52 years old. What was the cause of his death and how did he live his life?
A Life of Success and Scandal
Barry Gesser was born in 1963 and grew up in New York. He started his career in finance at the age of 21, working for Merrill Lynch. He later joined Stratton Oakmont, the notorious brokerage firm run by Belfort, where he became one of the top earners and a close friend of Belfort. He was involved in the “pump and dump” scheme that defrauded investors of millions of dollars by artificially inflating the prices of penny stocks and then selling them at a profit.
Gesser pleaded guilty to fraud in 1999 and was sentenced to three years of probation. He also agreed to cooperate with the authorities and testify against Belfort and other co-conspirators. He was one of the few who avoided prison time, while Belfort served 22 months and was ordered to pay back $110 million to his victims.
Gesser continued to work in the financial industry, but also faced legal troubles and personal issues. He was sued by several former clients and business partners for breach of contract, fraud, and misrepresentation. He also had a turbulent love life, marrying and divorcing four times. His last marriage, to actress Stacey Alysson, lasted only 15 days, after she allegedly found him in bed with another woman.
Gesser’s close relationship with Belfort paid off when he was hired as a consultant for the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. He advised Scorsese and Hill, who played Belfort’s partner Danny Porush, on the details of the Wall Street culture and the lifestyle of the brokers. He also appeared in a cameo role in the film, as one of the wedding guests.
A Death of Mystery and Sorrow
Barry Gesser was found dead on December 2, 2015, at his home in West Hollywood, California. The cause of his death was unknown and under investigation. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, there were no obvious signs of trauma or suicide. The site also reported that although he had a history of drug use, there was no paraphernalia or pills found at the scene.
His death was mourned by his family and friends, who remembered him as a successful and charismatic person. His former friend and colleague, Belfort, expressed his condolences on Facebook, writing: “I’m shocked and saddened by the news of Barry’s passing. He was a good friend in the early days, and although we had lost touch over the years, I always wished him the best. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
His death was also a shock for the Hollywood community, who had worked with him on the movie. Scorsese and DiCaprio issued a joint statement, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Barry Gesser. He was a kind and generous man, who helped us bring the story of The Wolf of Wall Street to life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
A Tribute to a Legend and a Friend
Barry Gesser’s life was marked by success and scandal, but he also left a lasting impression on the world of finance and entertainment. He was a legend and a friend to many, who admired his skills and personality. He was also a part of one of the most acclaimed movies of the decade, which showcased his story and his contribution.
His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends, who will always remember him as a smiling and happy person. He was a Wolf of Wall Street associate who passed away, but his spirit remains.