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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, Denise’s name was changed to Teresa by the movie producer.

Read more to find why and more interesting facts.

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

Quick facts

Full nameDenise Lombardo
BirthdateNovember 11, 1963
Age58 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
EducationBachelor’s Degree in English Literature- Adelphi University (1984)
Bachelors 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
ParentsAnthony Florito (father)
Ann Lombardo (mother)
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
ProfessionReal Estate Agent
Language Italian, German
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. 

Denise 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. She 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 Lombardo joined the course of merchandising and buying operations at the ‘Fashion Institute of Technology.’

Sources have it that 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.

Even while she was heartbroken, Denise picked herself up and focused on her career.


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. 

Denise and Jordan were in a financial crisis in the early days of their marriage. Jordan 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 a guy with an entrepreneurial spirit.

He writes that he would sell 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. It may not seem like much now, but that was a pretty substantial amount in those days.

He started a new business. It sold short stints in dental schools in Long Islands. Eventually, the firm failed, and Denise Lombardo’s husband 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 the earning potential.

Soon Jordan had the opportunity of a lifetime. He joined as a trainee stockbroker at L.F. Rothschild. However, fate had something else in mind for him. Soon he was out of a job due to the 1987 stock market crash.

Even though he was out of a job, the knowledge and skills Jordan Belfort learned changed everything. It is because of it that we all know who Jordan is.

Soon after working for a penny stock company, Jordan started his venture Stratton Oakmont for $250,000 along with Danny Porush.

Jordan was soon successful because of his ridiculous offers, later discovered as nothing but lies. In addition, he was making a lot of money.

After the divorce from Denise, he married Nadine and had two children, Carter Belfort and Chandler Belfort.

In 1995, Jordan was charged with fraud and stock-market manipulation. It led to a downward twist in Belfort’s career and marriage. 

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 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 a great deal of patience for the person she loves.

Things got ultimately out of hand when Denise learned about Jordan’s affair with the British model, Nadine Caridi.

He met Nadine at a similar high-end party. Ironically she was introduced by her boyfriend to Jordan.

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

Jordan and Denise divorced in 1991 due to Jordan’s extramarital affair.

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 any children, but Denise did get her share from the divorce settlement.

Even though we do not have the exact figure, it is clear that Jordan was at the peak of his career. As a result, Denise must have received a settlement amount in the millions.

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 put her education degree to use 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 have it that 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’s 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 she 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 were:

1. 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.
2. 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 any co-operation and help to the producer and actress Cristin for the movie. It seems she wanted bygones to be bygones.