Does anybody want to hear that I had a successful business and did all these wonderful things for the industry? And got all these awards? And so did my family? I did all of this during the legitimate years. No. You don’t read any of that.
That’s Bernie Madoff who apparently still thinks he’s a good guy. Now in therapy at the North Carolina Correctional Facility he’ll call home until he dies, the man who orchestrated the biggest Ponzi scheme in history is doing a bit of reflecting. He spoke with New York Magazine’s Steve Fishman (who wrote last June’s feature on Madoff’s life in prison) to clear things up, resulting in a cover story that digs even dipper into Bernie’s mind. What’s there is a man with a chip on his shoulder, someone who still feels like the underdog, ol’ “Bernie from Brooklyn” (even though he moved to Queens when he was 7) despite making millions and owning homes and boats and a plane. He expresses remorse for almost everything, but it’s hard to take anything coming from Bernie Madoff as the truth.