The Bernie Madoff Tchotchke Economy


Bernie Madoff may have helped upend the economy with his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. But in a way, he’s also helping it rebuild. The trustee in charge of liquidating and redistributing what is left of his assets is making a tidy sum for his firm. Society photographer Patrick McMullan has made a bundle off of his iconic Madoff photograph. And as long as Bernie’s wife, Ruth, manages to stay out of the Big House, the paparazzi will be kept busy. Plus, an entire marketplace of Madoff tchotchkes has sprung up. We’ve put together some of the best of them in a slideshow.