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What Apollo billionaire Leon Black got for paying $158 million to Jeffrey Epstein

A report finds that Apollo Global Management co-founder Leon Black paid $158 million to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for advisory services that helped expand the wealth of one of America's richest men. Black is photographed in 2016. Foto: Bloomberg/Patrick T. Fallon

Leon Black viewed Jeffrey Epstein as a "confirmed bachelor with eclectic tastes, who often employed attractive women."

The private equity titan was willing to overlook that Epstein had served 13 months in a Florida jail after soliciting an underage prostitute. That was partly because Epstein claimed the girl had lied about her age, while Black, co-founder of Apollo Global Management Inc., believed in second chances, particularly for his well-connected friend...

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