Disgraced Bernie Madoff Cohort Frank DiPascali Jr. Stole Millions From His Clients

What was Frank DiPascali Jr.'s net worth before he died? What was his cause of death? His connection to Bernie Madoff made him pretty affluent.

Chris Barilla - Author

May 16 2023, Updated 1:11 p.m. ET

Headshots of Frank DiPascali Jr. and Bernie Madoff.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice

As a key lieutenant in the ranks of Bernie Madoff's massive fraud-filled empire, Frank DiPiscali Jr. was integral to the inner-workings of a multi-billion dollar organization-turned sham that stole money from a seemingly unending list of everyday people. He was one of Madoff's closest confidantes. DiPiscali was aware of the gross abuses of power and money management that his boss perpetrated for decades.

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On May 7, 2015, DiPascali died at 58 years old, leaving behind a legacy earmarked by his most dastardly deeds. DiPascali's crimes afforded him an impressive net worth during his life and helped pay for the extravagant lifestyles that he, Madoff, and all of their other close associates lived. With that being said, what was DiPascali's net worth before he died? Furthermore, what was his cause of death? Keep reading for all the details.

Frank DiPascali Jr.

Director of Options Trading, Chief Financial Officer

Net worth: $823 million

According to court documents from ABC, DiPascali and his wife, Joanne DiPascali, had a net worth of roughly $823 million back in 2008 at the peak of his and Madoff's financial crimes. These funds were acquired through DiPascali's self-described roles in Madoff's company, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, which were the company's "director of options trading" and as "chief financial officer," per Wikipedia.

Birthdate: Oct. 28, 1956

Birthplace: Queens, N.Y.

Spouse: Joanne DiPascali

Children: 4

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What was Frank DiPascali Jr.'s net worth before he died?

DiPascali's crimes certainly paid, and it was evident by his exorbitant net worth at the peak of his criminal endeavors. Although that all eventually came crumbling down when he was arrested, taking a look at his finances in the early 2000s paints a clear picture of just how much Madoff and his associates stole over the years.

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With the full knowledge and support of Madoff, DiPascali effectively manipulated billions of dollars throughout countless account statements in an effort to make clients believe that Madoff's company was making them wealthier, when in fact all of their money was being taken.

On Aug. 11, 2009, DiPascali plead guilty to 10 counts related to the fraud he knowingly participated in.

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Who is Frank DiPascali?

DiPascali grew up in the Howard Beach neighborhood in Queens. During that time, he lived next door to Madoff’s longtime assistant, Annette Bongiorno, who helped bring Madoff and DiPascali together. After coming to work for Madoff’s firm (Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities) in 1975, DiPascali rose in ranks, eventually becoming its CFO.

With the money he earned, he was able to purchase a five-bedroom home in Bridgewater Township, N.J. He also reportedly owned a Viking yacht.

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After DiPascali's shenanigans caught up with him, he lost many of the assets he had acquired. As per NBC News, DiPascali agreed to the sale and forfeiture of his New Jersey home. While DiPacali’s wife was able to keep $178,000, the family had to let go of their yacht, a Jet Ski, two minibikes, two motorcycles, jewelry, watches, and other assets.

The media outlet noted that the assets forfeited were estimated to be worth around $6 million.

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What happened to Frank DiPascali?

DiPascali's sentencing was delayed by almost six years because he cooperated with prosecutors throughout that entire time. His cooperation helped recover billions of dollars in assets and convict 15 other people involved in the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

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The disgraced former Madoff associate died of lung cancer in 2015, just four months before he was scheduled to be sentenced. Following his death, Marc Mukasey, DiPascali's attorney, issued this statement, “He was grateful to have been able to make some amends by helping the government these past few years," per ABC News.

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