Ivan Boesky, inspiration for ‘Wall Street’ villain Gordon Gekko, dead at 87


Ivan Boesky, an infamous figure in the Wall Street scene during the 1980s, and the inspiration for the character Gordon Gekko in the movie ‘Wall Street’, has passed away at age 87. Boesky was a prominent arbitrageur, known for his role in several high-profile insider trading scandals. His punishment and downfall became one of the defining moments of 1980s corporate excess in New York. His life and career were instrumental in shaping popular views of Wall Street and inspired the creation of the popular movie character who coined the phrase, “Greed is good”.

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