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Everything we know about Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark, who almost inherited the financier’s $500 million estate

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  • Jeffrey Epstein’s younger brother Mark first raised eyebrows when he offered his Florida condo as collateral for the financier’s July arrest on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. 
  • After the financier’s death, investigators have scrutinized high-profile connections and multiple properties at the center of the disturbing allegations against him of orchestrated abuse. 
  • From scandals in higher education to a majority stake in a mysterious Manhattan apartment building, see everything that’s known about the other Epstein.
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After Jeffrey Epstein’s July 6 arrest on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, investigators have pored over the late financier’s high-profile connections and multiple properties that could be key details in the disturbing allegations of orchestrated abuse against him. 

Though many of Epstein’s former high-society acquaintances have distanced themselves from the case after he died by apparent suicide while awaiting trial in a Manhattan prison, his lesser-known brother Mark has emerged at the center of the questions surrounding the fate of the financier’s estate.

Mark is Jeffrey’s younger brother who started as an artist before pursuing numerous business ventures in their native New York City.

From scandals in higher education to a majority stake in a mysterious Manhattan apartment building, see everything that’s known about the other Epstein.

Mark, like Jeffrey, has spent his life in the Epsteins’ native New York City.

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Mark Epstein grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended the art school Cooper Union in Manhattan and Stony Brook University.

The Daily Beast says that childhood neighbors "have only good things to say about the Epstein they still call Puggie," and he had a knack for business that started out as an artistic venture around his time at Cooper Union. 

Neighbors told the Daily Beast that Mark once ran a "business silk-screening T-shirts" that has been described as "one of the most versatile silk screening printing companies in New York." 

 

 

 

He founded his own companies and ventured into the world of modeling.

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Epstein’s scattered business track record has made it difficult to pin down his primary source of wealth. He headed Atelier Enterprises, Inc., a charter and leasing company, in 1984 before he began investing in New York real estate in the early 1990s.

Records reported by the Daily Beast show Mark Epstein formed his own modeling agency, Saint Model and Talent, in December 2005, but the report notes that the agency has no website or social media presence and does not appear to have ever signed a model.

His business ventures reportedly came alongside financial trouble. While plagued with recurring tax debt, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to sell his 80-foot, 3 1/2-bathoom yacht, according to The Wall Street Journal

His wealth has been the subject of scrutiny for years, as he previously claimed to have semi-retired at age 39 and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. He has also repeatedly denied any business connections to Jeffrey, but his past deals are likely ripe for probing by federal investigators in Jeffrey’s conspiracy case. 

He’s known for being a controversial figure at his and Jeffrey’s alma mater, Cooper Union.

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In 2002, Epstein was named Cooper’s Alumnus of the Year and in 2009 he donated at least $500,000 to his alma mater, the Daily Beast reported.

That same year, he was named as chairman of its board of trustees. He later stepped down in 2015 after intense criticism of the board’s decision to charge tuition at the formerly free institution.

Amid outrage over the decision, Epstein was blasted by Art In America magazine as "intimately involved in most of Cooper Union’s worst decisions" during his time on the board, when he was accused of financial mismanagement.

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