(born July 9, 1962) is an American author and motivational speaker who was convicted of crimes related to stock market manipulation and running a boiler room for which he spent 22 months in jail. "Wolf of Wall Street back on the prowl: Jordan Belfort". TheAustralian.News.com.au. In the 1990s, he founded brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont which functioned as a boiler room, and developed a hard-partying lifestyle, which included a serious drug addiction (namely Quaaludes). The firm also served as inspiration for the film Boiler Room. Stratton Oakmont employed over stockbrokers and was involved in stock issues totaling more than $1 billion, including an equity raising for footwear company Steve Madden Ltd.