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Denise Lombardo Biography | first wife of Jordan

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.
In the movie, Denise’s name was changed to Teresa. However, everyone knows who Teresa is by now.

Quick facts

Full nameDenise Lombardo
BirthdateNovember 11, 1963
Age58 years old
Birthplace Ohio, USA
ParentsAnthony Florito (father) and Ann Lombardo (mother)
SiblingsDeanna Lombardo, Lisa Scordato and Paul Lambardo
SonsBrett Lombardo, Nicholas Lombardo and Matt Lombardo
SpouseJordan Belfort (1985-1991)
Mladly (1994)
Robert Amato (Present)
EducationBachelors Degree in English Literature- Adelphi University (1984)

Bachelors of Science Degree- Townson University

Merchandising and Buying Operations course- Fashion Institute of Technology

Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration General- Australian Catholic University
Language Italian, German
CareerReal Estate Agent
Net worthUSD 3 million (minimum)
Social mediaFacebook and LinkedIn

Denise Lombardo- Early life and childhood

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 has three siblings, two sisters, Deanna Lombardo and Lisa Scordato, and a brother, Paul Lombardo.

It seems that Denise comes from a middle-class hard-working family. She is a multi-linguist with an excellent command of German and Italian. She comes from an Italian family.

Given her fluency in Italian, it seems their parents were proud of their background and ensured that the culture and language are passed on to the kids.

Denise was born in Ohio but spent most of her life in New York. She graduated from Bayside High School.

In 1984, she acquired a degree in English Literature from Adelphi University.

Rumor has it that she joined Columbia University as well. There, she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity. Fraternities or sororities are social groups or organizations at college or universities which undergraduate students join.

She 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 on 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. In an interview Jordan Belfort that Denise is a beautiful personality but was submissive to Jordan’s will. She was meek.

Her birth date, November 11, marks the zodiac of Scorpio. Scorpio women tend to have a magnetic personality. They prefer to give their full attention to those who are willing to go deep with them.

This is precisely true in the case of Denise.  Remember how she was stuck by Jordan in his hardest times and tried to help him. They are one of the most sensitive and emotionally intense, even though they may not openly express them every time.

In terms of career, Scorpio women are hard workers and goal-oriented. Denise Lombardo is every bit of a hard worker who earned her way to the real estate business.

How did Denise and Jordan Belfort meet?

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

Jordan was a street smart guy. He was a natural-born salesman. Between high school and starting college, Jordan Belfort and his friend, Elliot Loewenstern, made USD 20,000. It may not seem enough right now, but that was a pretty good amount in those days.

Denise Lombardo with Jordan Belfort

No doubt, Jordan was a smooth talker and a good-looking chap because of which Denise was head over heels for him. Denise Lombardo couldn’t resist the idea of becoming life partners. She married Jordan Belfort in the year 1985.

Denise and Jordan were in a financial crisis in the first phases of their marriage. Jordan even declared bankruptcy.

Denise supported him through thick and thin. She helped him in every possible way she could. She would work hard on her studies and earn a living to make ends meet. On the other hand, Jordan did not give up, and he was looking for an opportunity to improve his lifestyle and bring bread to the table.

Soon Jordan had an opportunity of a lifetime. He was hired 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.

Well, even though he was out of a job, the knowledge and skills Jordan Belfort learned it was a turning table. It is because of it we all know who Jordan is.

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

We can learn from the book the actual character of Denise. Jordan eventually saw success; however, before that, he was struggling. Denise was there with him for love and not for the money as she did not leave him when things were not okay. They were together for a long period of time.

Divorce with Jordan

Jordan soon started seeing success due to his ridiculous offers, which later was realized were nothing but lies. In addition, he was making a lot of money.

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

However, Denise was still hoping that things would change for good and be supportive of her husband. It clearly shows that she has a lot of patience for the person she loves.

Things got completely 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 Nadine was introduced by her boyfriend to Jordan.

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

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 millions.

After the divorce from Denise, Jordan married Nadine. He had two children with her: Carter Belfort and Chandler Belfort.

In 1995, Jordan was charged with fraud and stock-market manipulation. He spent 22 months in prison.

This incident led to a downward twist in Belfort’s career as well as marriage. Thus, Nadine filed for divorce due to domestic violence and infidelity. She and Jordan divorced in 2005.

Jordan is now dating an Instagram model Cristina Invernizzi.

In an interview, Jordan said that Denise was way gorgeous

Nadine was tough and held her own, and that 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 meak and let me do whatever the hell I wanted.” 

Married to Nick Amato

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

Denise Lombardo with her husband nick amato, sons nicky, brett and matt lombardo (1)
Denise Lombardo with her present husband and kids on vacation

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

Three sons of Denise Lombardo
The three sons of Denise

Cristin Milioti as Denise Lombardo in “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Cristin Milioti played the role of Denise. 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 enacting Denise Lombardo in the move 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 played the role of Nadine as Naomi in the movie.

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Denise Lombardo career

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.

She has also worked as a flooring specialist at the Home Depot Company from 2000 to 2010. Alongside this, 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.

Net worth

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. From the facts gathered, we can tell 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 has stayed quiet and has focused on her career. She didn’t even comment when Jordan Belfort was arrested.

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.

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

Her life now

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

It is believed that 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.

Through her life story, we should learn that we need to educate ourselves and focus on our careers as a woman.

Love deeply, but if something goes wrong, always put your educational degree to work. Don’t lose hope in life and love. Always keep on going where the wind takes you.

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What happened to Jordan Belfort’s first wife?

Denise, after divorcing Jordan, started to focus on building her life. In 2010, she applied for the 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 was struggling, they separated when Belfort peaked 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 in millions as the alimony.

Who is Jordan Belfort’s wife?

Jordan Belfort so far has married two women. His first wife was Denise Lombardo, who he met while he was 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. 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 was cheating 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 to 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.