Jeffrey Epstein was named 'bachelor of the month' by Cosmopolitan
In July 1980, Epstein was featured as the magazine’s “Bachelor of the Month,” a tiny section advertising successful single men across the country. At the time, the future sex-offender was a Bear Stearns trader and asked potential dates to write him at the investment bank's former headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
Epstein also claimed to speak only to millionaires, a prelude to his high-rolling lifestyle that included hobnobbing with Donal Trump,Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, and amassing a collection of posh homes in Palm Beach, New York, Paris, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The personals ad, which included a photo of Epstein in a suit, portrayed him as a “New York dynamo” seeking “a cute Texas girl.”
“Financial strategist Jeffrey Epstein, 27, talks only to people who make over a million a year!” the listing declared. “If you’re ‘a cute Texas girl,’ write this New York dynamo at 55 Water St., 49th floor, N.Y.C. 10041.”
In August 1980, Bear Stearns placed an ad in The Wall Street Journal announcing that Epstein was one of the bank’s employees who made limited partner.
The next year, however, Epstein left Bear Stearns after he allegedly loaned a friend $20,000 to buy stock.
After his stint at Bear Stearns, Epstein began to work exclusively as a money manager for wealthy moguls worth at least $1billion.
His only known client in the 1980s was Leslie Wexner, the chairman of Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret.
For two decades Epstein was personal wealth adviser to Wexner.
But ex-employees have alleged that his powers stretched far beyond this brief and said he had input in L Brands' management.
He tried to influence the selection of Victoria's Secret models and also purchased a $10million plane on the company's behalf, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Recalling business meetings with now 81-year-old Wexner, a former director said: 'He would say Jeffrey says this and Jeffrey says that'.
In light of fresh charges being brought against Epstein - who is in custody in New York for alleged sex trafficking - L Brands are examining the extent of his influence in the company.
A spokesperson for L Brands said they do not believe Epstein was either an employee or representative of the company and branded his crimes as 'abhorrant'.
From the 1980s to the early 2000s, Epstein and Wexner forged a close professional and personal relationship.
Sources close to the pair claim told the Wall Street Journal the retail tycoon was attracted to the financier's high-flying New York lifestyle and charm.
Robert Morosky, former vice chairman of L Brands, said: 'Les is an insecure guy with a big ego…he had a lot of money but craved respect. They [Wexner and Epstein] played off each other's needs.
Since fresh charges were brought against Epstein, Wexner has moved to distance himself from his former friend.
In a memo to L Brands employees earlier this month, he wrote: 'I would never have guessed that a person I employed more than a decade ago could have caused such pain to so many people.'
Last week, L Brands instructed a team of lawyers to review the financier's position following reports from former executives that the 66-year-old unofficially burrowed his way into the Ohio-headquartered business through his ties to Wexner.
Epstein, who kept a number of powerful figures as friends including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, and others, is currently jailed at Metropolitan Correctional Center after being charged with molesting girls at his homes in New York and West Palm Beach between 2002 and 2005.
He has pleaded not guilty to two charges of sex trafficking and is next due in court on Wednesday.
The now 66-year-old hedge fund manager is accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars for massages and then molesting them at various locations from 2002 through 2005.
Last week, Epstein reportedly tried to hang himself in his jail cell. His cellmate claims to have saved his life.