The Sciences

Markopolos wants to be left alone?

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJan 12, 2009 5:47 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Turns out that the man who waged a one-man crusade against Bernard Madoff, Harry Markopolos, wants to be left alone. But here's the interesting point:

"Why would people think I feel good about this?" the past president of the Boston Security Analysts Society was quoted as telling the Boston Globe. "People think I'm a hero, but I didn't stop him. He stopped himself."

Markopolos obviously believed he was right, and that Madoff was a fraud, and that the nature of his Ponzi scheme meant that it would all collapse at some point. For most people the Madoff affair has a freak show quality, but not for Harry Markopolos, for whom it has been a background assumption for nearly a decade. For Harry Markopolos a film which chronicles his attempts to Madoff over the past 10 years will of course end in a finale where his failure to convince others triggers a wave of economic destruction.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.