Stacks of money. Excess of drugs. Sex with models. These are tropes found in most Martin Scorsese films. They were also staples of Richard Bronson’s actual life. Today, he is CEO of 70 Million Jobs, which does the honorable work of helping people with criminal records find employment. But, in the 1980s, he was leading a lavish, hedonistic lifestyle as partner of Stratton Oakmont, the former brokerage house The Wolf of Wall Street was based on.
In this salacious, ultimately moving episode of Open Mike, Branson poignantly reflects on his meteoric ascent within the Manhattan stock exchange scene, earth-shattering fall from grace, and inspiring path to redemption.