Denise Lombardo Biography- Ex-wife of Jordan Belfort

Who is Denise Lombardo?

Denise Lombardo has been a topic of conversation since the movie Wolf of Wall Street became a hit worldwide. Cristin Milioti played the role of Denise, while Leonardo Dicaprio was Jordan Belfort.

Jordan Belfort is a famous stockbroker jailed for stock-related fraud. In the movie, her name is changed to Teresa.

Read more to find out why and more interesting facts about Denise Lombardo

Denise Lombardo bio, relationships, career and net worth
Denise Lombardo biography

Quick facts

Full nameDenise Lombardo
BirthdayNovember 11, 1963
Age60 years old
Sun signScorpio
TraitsPositive: Passionate, ambitious, full of imagination, assertive, loyal and honest
Negative: Jealous, stubborn, vindictive, intense, resentful, and controlling
Birthplace Ohio, USA
Currently residing West Babylon, New York, USA
ParentsAnthony Florito,
Ann Lombardo
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsDeanna Lombardo,
Lisa Scordato,
Paul Lombardo
Marital statusMarried
SpouseJordan Belfort (1985-1991)
Mladly (1994)
Robert Amato (Present)
ChildrenBrett Lombardo,
Nicholas Lombardo,
Matt Lombardo
EducationBachelor’s Degree in English Literature- Adelphi University (1984),
Bachelor of Science Degree- Townson University,
Merchandising and Buying Operations course- Fashion Institute of Technology,
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration General- Australian Catholic University
ProfessionReal Estate Agent
Net worthUSD 3 million (minimum)
Social mediaFacebook

Early life

Childhood photo of Denise Lombardo and Jordan Belfort together as a boyfriend and girlfriend
Childhood photo of Denise Lombardo with Jordan Belfort

On November 11, 1963, Denise Lombardo was born in Ohio, USA, to Italian parents Anthony Fiorito and Ann Lombardo. 

She is a Scorpio. Scorpio women tend to have a magnetic personality. They prefer to give their full attention to those willing to go deep with them.

Denise comes from a hard-working middle-class family. She is a multi-linguist with an excellent command of German and Italian. Her family is Italian, though. The ex-wife of Jordan Belfort has three siblings, two sisters, Deanna Lombardo and Lisa Scordato, and a brother, Paul Lombardo.

Denise was born in Ohio but lived most of her life in New York. She graduated from Bayside High School. She earned an English Literature degree from Adelphi University in 1984.

Denise Lombardo completed her bachelor’s degree in Business administration in 1987 from Townson University, Maryland. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the same university in 1992. 

According to some claims, Denise joined the course of the merchandising and buying operation at the ‘Fashion Institute of Technology.’

Sources say she has a master’s degree in ‘Educational Leadership and Administration General’ from Australian Catholic University. 

She lived in Naples, Florida, for some time as her family and close friends lived. However, she needed support when she was left heartbroken by her ex-husband.

While heartbroken, Denise picked herself up and focused on her career.

Relationships of Denise Lombardo

Denise Lombardo met Jordan Belfort when studying at Bayside High School. She studied merchandising, whereas Jordan was a door-to-door meat salesman. They fell in love and became high school sweethearts.

Undoubtedly, Jordan was a smooth talker and a good-looking guy, so Denise was smitten with him. Denise Lombardo couldn’t resist the idea of becoming life partners. She married Jordan Belfort in the year 1985.

Denise supported him through thick and thin. She helped him in any way she could. To make ends meet, she studied hard and earned a living. 

While Jordan worked would work on his ventures. Both were in a financial crisis in the early days of their marriage. Belfort even declared bankruptcy.

Denise was there with him for love and not for the money, as she did not leave him when things were not okay. So they were together for a long time. In an interview, Jordan Belfort said that Denise is a beautiful personality but was submissive to Jordan’s will. She was meek.

Jordan Belfort with his wife

Jordan Belfort (ex-husband)

Jordan was born in 1962 in Queens, N.Y. He was an entrepreneur. He sold Italian water ice desserts out of inexpensive styrofoam coolers.  Between high school and starting college, Jordan Belfort and his friend, Elliot Loewenstern, made USD 20,000.

The ex-husband of Denise Lombardo started a new business selling short stints in dental schools in Long Islands. However, the firm failed, and he had to file for bankruptcy. Jordan and Denise were married by that time. However, he was always ambitious. 

It was only then that he learned about stockbroking and earning potential.

Soon Jordan had the lifetime opportunity. He joined as a trainee stockbroker at L.F. Rothschild. However, he was fired due to the 1987 stock market crash. Even though he was unemployed, the skills the Wolf of Wallstreet learned changed everything. After working for a penny stock company, he started his venture Stratton Oakmont for USD 250,000, along with Danny Porush.

Related: Jordan Belfort net worth

Jordan was soon successful because of his ridiculous offers, later discovered as lies.

After divorcing Denise, he married Nadine and had two children, Carter, and Chandler Belfort. In 1995, he was charged with fraud and stock-market manipulation.

Thus, Nadine filed for divorce due to domestic violence and infidelity. She and Jordan divorced in 2005. He spent 22 months in prison.

Related: Read more about the biography of Jordan Belfort.

Divorce with Jordan Belfort

Belfort wasn’t good at handling the success. He eventually started using drugs, having extramarital affairs, and having parties. His new lifestyle was affecting his relationship with Denise Lombardo.

Denise was hoping, however, that things would change for the better and she could support her husband. It shows that she has great patience for the person she loves. However, things were out of hand when she learned about Jordan Belfort’s extramarital affair with Nadine Caridi.

He met Nadine at a party, who her boyfriend introduced to Jordan. The first wife of Jordan Belfort divorced Denise in 1991.

In an interview, Jordan said, “Denise was way gorgeous; however, Nadine was tough and held her own, which made her sexy to me, versus my first wife, Denise Lombardo – who was also a beautiful lady, by the way – they made her look a little mousy, but in real life, she was gorgeous. But she was meek and let me do whatever I wanted.”

Denise was genuinely heartbroken. They did not have children, but Denise got her share from the divorce settlement. She must have received a settlement amount in the millions.

Related: Read more about the second wife of Jordan Belfort, Nadine Caridi.

Nick Amato (husband)

Ex-wife of Jordan Belfort with her current husband and children
Denise Lombardo, with her present husband and kids on vacation

We did in-depth research on Denise’s personal life and found that she has changed her name to Denise Amato Lombardo. She seems to have been married to Nick Amato.

We couldn’t find additional information on Nick.

Her social profile and picture suggest that she is happier than she was with Jordan.

Children of Denise Lombardo

Three sons of Denise Lombardo
Photo of Denise Lombardo’s children

Denise seems blessed with three sons Brett Lombardo, Nicky Lombardo (Nicholas Lombardo), and Matt Lombardo.

The career of Denise Lombardo

Denise is a woman who has fought through the financial crisis to help her family.

She has used her education degree and worked in Modern Medical Systems Company’s sales department from 1993 to 2000.

Denise Lombardo worked as a flooring specialist at the Home Depot Company from 2000 to 2010. She worked for Smith and Nephew Company from 2006 to 2008. Some reports say she has also worked in sales at high-end fashion projects like Genny -Byblos, Blu Marine by Anna Molinari, Stefano Bravo, and Laurevan Shoe.

Denise has worked as a real estate agent since 2010.  After some time, she was issued a real estate license as well. As a result, Denise has built herself in the real estate business.

She became a real estate agent for Prudential Douglas Elliman Company (now Douglas Elliman).

She was also associated with Southeast sales.

The Net worth of Denise Lombardo

Denise Lombardo has a net worth of $3 million, which comes from her career as a real estate agent and other multiple jobs she had in the past.

Even though her actual numbers can be nothing short of guesswork, we all know by now that Jordan was minting money. He was nothing short of a multimillionaire. We can tell from the facts that she must have received millions as alimony.


Apart from being the ex-wife of a stockbroker convicted of fraud and crimes, she hasn’t been a part of any controversy.

She was heartbroken after discovering her husband’s affairs and his lack of interest in her.

After that controversy, she stayed quiet and focused on her career. She didn’t even comment when Jordan Belfort was arrested.

Read more: Find out who Anne Koppe is and her background.

Cristin Milioti as Denise Lombardo

Cristin played the role of the first wife of Jordan Belfort. Instead of using the original name, the producer decided to use the pseudo name Teresa Petrillo. This is because Denise wanted to stay from her past.

Cristin-Milioti playing Denise Lombardo inThe Wolf Of Wall Street
Cristin Milioti enacts Denise Lombardo in the movie Wolf of Wall Street

Cristin mentions that Denise didn’t help Milioti in her research for the part. But Cristin went through magazines and newspapers to learn about Lombardo and found that the media made a mockery of her separation from Belfort.

She recalls one of the painful remarks that Jordan essentially traded Denise for a better model, Nadine Caridi. As a result, Margot plays the role of Nadine as Naomi in the movie.

Denise Lombardo social media

Denise Lombardo is seen to be more or less active on social media. She has been seen posting photos with her family. Her FB profile can give you a glimpse of her current personal life.

Denise has maintained a LinkedIn profile but doesn’t use it as far as her professional life. It’s like she is not a social media person.


What Happened To Jordan Belfort’s First Wife?

Denise, after divorcing Jordan, started to focus on building her life. In 2010, she applied for a job as a real estate agent. Prudential Douglas Elliman hired her. Her LinkedIn profile indicates that she is still working with the company. She seems to be a successful real estate agent.

Did Jordan Belfort’s First Wife Get Any Money?

Even though Denise met and married Jordan when he struggled, they separated when Belfort peaked in his career. Then, it is estimated that he was earning millions and spending lavishly.
Based on it, when Lombardo divorced him, she must have received millions as alimony.

Who is Jordan Belfort’s wife?

Jordan Belfort, so far, has married two women. His first wife was Denise Lombardo, whom he met while studying in high school. Nadine Caridi was the second one whom he met at a party.
He is currently dating Cristin, an Instagram model.

Why did Jordan Belfort leave his first wife?

Denise Lombardo is the first wife of Jordan Belfort. The reason for Denise divorcing Belfort, as per the movies, was first, Jordan is an ambitious guy who parties hard and constantly chases money, while Denise is more of a family person who values happiness, family life, and stability over everything. Second, he cheated on Denise with Nadine Caridi, played as Naomi by Margot Robbie.
To date, it seems the past has left a bitter taste in Denise’s mouth, and she wants it to be bygone.

Who played Denise Lombardo Wolf of Wall Street?

In the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cristin Milioti played the role of Denise Lombardo. However, Martin Scorsese had to change her name to Teresa Petrillo as Denise didn’t permit her to use her real name with the producer. She denied cooperation and help to the producer and actress Cristin for the movie. It seems she wanted bygones to be bygones.

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