The only surviving member of Jeffrey Epstein’s immediate family is his younger brother Mark (above with Maria Marra)
There is still no word on what is to happen to the massive estate that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein left behind, but it seems likely that a good portion of his wealth could go to his brother Marc.
Epstein, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 66 while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges, stated in a court document filed just weeks before his death that his estate was worth approximately $550 million.
It was likely worth far more than that however, and since Epstein had no known wife or children at the time of his death, it is his younger sibling and the lone surviving member of his immediate family who would seem best positioned to inherit the majority of what could be a near-billion dollar estate.
First though, Epstein’s executor and heirs will have to piece together the felon’s fortune, which has been scattered like puzzle pieces across the globe.
Then, once that is complete and all of his holdings and properties and investments have been accounted for, the heirs will have to settle up on taxes and liens before then facing a wave of lawsuits from numerous women who claim they were assaulted and in some cases raped by Epstein for years when they were underage.
Those lawsuits could ultimately drain the entire estate, and leave his heirs with nothing but the heavy burden of trying to right his wrongs as best they can in the wake of his death.
Justice denied: A source with knowledge of Epstein’s business dealings said that his will would be filed in the US Virgin Islands if there is one, not New York (Epstein above in a court sketch last month)
Breakdown: Epstein claimed last month that his estate was valued at $550 million (above), but it is likely worth far more, with his island alone having $100 million in added valued
Models Inc: The bachelor brothers had a mutual business interest in at least one property which is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (east 66th Street residence above)
A source who is familiar with Epstein’s finances told DailyMail.com that they would not identify any of the possible heirs, but said they were certain that any will that might be filed by the deceased would not be entered in New York Probate Court.
Epstein would instead have the will submitted in the US Virgin Islands, and the source said that his longtime lawyer Darren Indyke would likely be the executor and not his brother.
If there is no will, then Mark would be the executor of the estate as Epstein’s closest relative.
In addition to his brother, Epstein is survived by two aunts, an uncle and a cousin who all reside in New York.
The executor could also decline to oversee the estate, an option that could play out given the forthcoming legal proceedings that are expected to play out with lawsuits.
In that case the position would be up for grabs, and could actually go to one of Epstein’s victims, who could then oversee how his payouts to alleged victims are carried out.
He had already paid as many as 40 women in relation to his 2008 criminal case, with Epstein agreeing to settle all suits with known victims as part of his plea deal.
The amounts those suits settled for are not known at this time, and it is unclear how many women have collected their settlement thus far.
In this latest case, the accusers had been waiting to file until after the criminal case had been tried in federal court, but this latest development now changes that plan.
Georgia peach: Mark owns a $500,000 home in Stone Creek, Georgia (above in center, nestled in the trees)
Palm Beach lowlands: Mark is also the owner of not one but two condos in Florida, which are both valued at just over $125,000 (one of his condosabove)
The Newburgh ring: Mark has three homes which are in varying states of decay just north of Manhattan in Newburgh, New York (one of the properties above in center)
Brotherly love: Mark also owns: a $500,000 farmhouse in Milanville, Pennsylvania (above)
The bachelor brothers had a mutual business interest in at least one property which is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Epstein’s one-time mentor Leslie Wexner sold an apartment building located on East 66th Street to a company created by Epstein but headed up by his brother in the early 1990s for just under $8 million.
That is the same property where Epstein housed his pilots, assistants and some of the models from the now-defunct MC2 agency.
Mark is also the owner of not one but two condos in Florida, which are both valued at just over $125,000, according to records, and located in Palm beach.
He had offered to put that up as collateral in the wake of his brother’s arrest, in what looked to be a public show of sibling support.
That is however just one of his many properties, and the least valuable one, according to official assessments.
Mark also owns: a $500,000 farmhouse in Milanville, Pennsylvania; three homes which are in varying states of decay just north of Manhattan in Newburgh, New York which are each worth approximately $150,000; and a $500,000 home in Stone Creek, Georgia.
His company also owns buildings on Greenwich Street in New York’s West Village and Vandam Street in Soho, in addition to the Upper East Side residence.
Hip to be square: Mark has a sizable commercial property on Greenwich Street in Manhattan’s West Village (above)
Damn, man: There is also another commercial property in Soho on Vandam Street, which is where Mark works as well (above)
REAL ESTATE RICHES
It failed to mention though that Epstein is the owner of not one, but two islands in the Caribbean.
He more than doubled his property holdings in January 2016 when he paid $18 million for Great St James.
That 162-acre property is located next to Little St. James, the 71.5-acre island he purchased in 1998 for $7.95 million.
Epstein had big plans for the latest addition to his already sizable real estate portfolio, with renderings showing he was in the process of building a barge dock, two homes, cottages, an amphitheater, gardens, a marine electrical cable, solar array and generator, storage building, security building, work shed, machine shop, and an ‘underwater office and pool.’
That barge and a few completed structures, as well as construction equipment, are visible in aerial images of the island.
Epstein had completed that work despite the fact that only the construction of a flagpole and repair of cisterns has been approved by government officials.
A spokesperson with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources declined to comment and relayed to DailyMail.com that more information could only be obtained in person and with an appointment at the office in St. Thomas.
These two islands are not his only major holding in the area either, with Epstein also owning a 50 percent stake in America Yacht Harbor, a port that has slips for 123 yachts, sailboats and pleasure crafts as well as a strip mall of offices.
Epstein’s firm Southern Trust Company is in that strip, where he operated at least 15 LC companies over the past two decades according to public records obtained by DailyMail.com. Those records also reveal that his office manager for much of that time has been Cecile de Jongh, the former first lady of the Virgin Islands.
It is unclear what, if any, benefits Epstein has been afforded because of his hiring of de Jongh.
She was not first lady when she took the job, and her husband John’s run happened to coincide with the exact moment the allegations against Epstein first became public.
He was eventually elected to office in 2007 and served two terms as governor despite his wife’s ties to Epstein.
Records suggest that she still works at his office.
In total, Epstein’s properties are valued at close over $150 million, not counting the added value on his two islands that likely bring that number closer to $250 or even $300 million.
His other residences include a Paris bolthole where he spent the weeks before returning to the US and getting arrested on the tarmac as his plane touched down at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
The $9 million pied-a-terre is located on one of the nicest blocks in the City of Lights, and Epstein traveled there frequently, often spending a few months at the apartment each summer.
There are few details known about the property other than the fact that Epstein has operated one of his companies out of the apartment since 2002, and that it is in the same building where famed art dealer Paul Guillaume lived with his wife.
He would die under mysterious circumstances at the age of 42 and his wife was initially arrested for his murder, but ultimately cleared of all charges when it was ruled that his death had been caused by septic shock.
Halfway around the world, just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits Epstein’s country estate.
The Zorro Ranch consists of a 26,700-square-foot mansion on 10,000 acres that was purchased by Epstein back in 1993.
It was only 7,500 acres when he purchased the property, but Epstein has added to the ranch over the years.
This could be in large part because it is the one state where he resides that he does not have to register as a sex offender.
There is also a possible ski chalet that Epstein owns, with records obtained by DailyMail.com showing that a $22 million home in Vail, Colorado was added to his portfolio back in 1997.
It was transferred to him back in 1998 by Libet Johnson, the late heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, who passed away in 2017.
Johnson’s name remained on the deed however, and she listed both herself and Epstein as living at the same address on Madison Avenue.
It is still listed as being owned by the late heiress’ trust.
And there is the $1 million home in Florida he bought, located nine miles south of his Palm Beach mansion.
OFFLOADING MONEY OVERSEAS
It was also revealed earlier this week that Epstein managed to move money out of the country earlier this year from accounts he had at Deutsche Bank – despite the company severing all ties with the pedophile.
The New York Times reports that even banking officials failed to realize the possible financial crimes being committed by Epstein until after the fact, believing that the company had closed out all his accounts late last year.
Deutsche Bank now wants to make sure that none of the money being moved by Epstein was used to fund or in any way support the sex trafficking of underage females.
Epstein was making transactions as recently as May, and multiple sources said that once executives became aware of this potentially illegal activity it was reported to a federal agency that polices financial crimes.
Joerg Eigendorf, a spokesperson for Deutsche Banks, said that the company was ‘absolutely committed to cooperating with all relevant authorities.’
The statement was also posted in full on the Deutsche Bank Twitter account 12 times in just five hours on Tuesday.
‘Deutsche Bank is closely examining any business relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, and we are absolutely committed to cooperating with all relevant authorities,’ it read.
There is no detail on what crimes may have been committed, but it is known that this is not the the first time Epstein has been in danger of being flagged.
On previous occasions, anti-money laundering compliance officers and employees noticed suspicious transactions, including at least one in which Epstein moved funds overseas.
It is unclear however if these transactions were reported to federal agencies.
Epstein had private-banking and wealth-management accounts, and both he and his companies had received loans from the financial institution in the past few years, said sources.
He went there after getting the boot by JP Morgan in 2013, five years after he entered a guilty plea to two charges related to the soliciting of a minor for sex.
Deutsche executives struggled to shutter his accounts in the wake of Julie Brown’s bombastic expose last November due to the fact that its private-banking division had opened several dozen accounts for Epstein and his businesses.
Months later, one Deutsche Bank employee noted: ‘We’re still trying to get our arms around it.’
Problematic: Epstein had been a silent backer of his fired Jean Luc Brunel’s agency – MC2 Model Management (Brunel above)
Like his older sibling, Mark also owned and operated a modelling agency.
In 2005 he began running Saint Model and Talent Agency out of his Soho office building, two months after police executed a search warrant on his brother’s Palm Beach mansion.
Mark is listed as the owner of the agency, which is still operating today.
It was relaunched however in 2017, and Mark no longer appears to have ties to the company.
Prior to that, Epstein had been a silent backer of his fired Jean Luc Brunel’s agency – MC2 Model Management.
Brunel, who is credited with launching the careers of Milla Jovovich and Christy Turlington, is accused of raping Epstein’s underage ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts in court filings.
Roberts claimed in a deposition that Maxwell directed her to have sex with people including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Brunel and Prince Andrew.
It was not clear from the deposition transcript included in the court documents how old Roberts was at the time of the alleged direction.
None of the four men have been criminally charged in connection with Epstein. Richardson, Mitchell and Dubin, or their respective representatives, all said the various allegations against them were false.
A lawyer for Brunel did not respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.
‘These allegations and inferences are completely false,’ said a rep for Richardson.
‘To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls.’
Mitchell also released a statement that said in part: ‘The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.’
And a spokesperson for the Dubins said: ‘Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations against them in the unsealed court records and categorically reject them.’
Party people: Epstein chats with Jonathan Farkas in the Hamptons after a 2010 screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Cynthia Rowley foreground)
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
Epstein hobnobbed with high-profile guests from the worlds of politics, banking, Hollywood and philanthropy at a Hamptons party just two months after his release by the state of Florida for soliciting a minor.
Photos from a 2010 dinner party at the home of David and Julia Koch obtained by DailyMail.com show Epstein as he chats with guests after a screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Among those guests were two men who currently serve in President Trump’s cabinet and his most trusted legal adviser.
Steve Mnuchin and his then-wife Heather, Rudy Giuliani and his then-wife Judith and Wilbur Ross all attended the screening and dinner that followed at the Koch residence.
The Wall Street Journal wrote about those who attended the event a few days later, and in the piece noted that Giuliani ‘walked out of the theater around the same time as Jeffrey Epstein, leading one observer to remark on the “beautifully done meeting of the prosecutor and the felon.”‘
The party that night was also attended by designers Tory Burch and Tamara Mellon, billionaires Henry Kravis and Steve Schwarzman and publicist Peggy Siegal.
She has admitted to helping Epstein out, and in an interview with The New York Times said: ‘I was a kind of plugged-in girl around town who knew a lot of people. And I think that’s what he wanted from me, a kind of social goings-on about New York.’
Siegal, who later lost work due to her Eopstein ties, also said in that interview that she was not paid by Epstein and he did not go to parties, choosing to skip them after screenings.
That was not the case at this party however, where he was seen in deep conversation with close friend Jonathan Farkas in one photo, and in another seemed to be standing next to one of his former female employees.
The Journal story asked guests about the criminal elements of the Wall Street sequel at the party, prompting one individual to note: ‘You know, you have to be a little careful what you say and ask here, because there are a lot of guys in the room who spent some time in prison, too.’
Not too careful though, since days later an item ran in Page Six about the party noting that Epstein was ‘greeted warmly by guests’ at the event.
‘It was the first time he has been out in two years, but nobody blinked he was there,’ said a person described by the paper as a ‘witness.’
‘He was chatting to Jonathan Farklas, Leon Black and Wilbur Ross. He was sitting right near Rudy Giuliani.’
Siegal would then go on to help Epstein host a dinner for Prince Andrew at his home, an event which guests told DailyMail.com was billed as a dinner with the royal and made no mention of the host.
It is unclear when the two parted ways, but it was a different time said Siegal.
‘The culture before #MeToo was — “You’ve done your time, now you’re forgiven,”‘ she said.