Stephanie Mack

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Stephanie Madoff Mack
Other names  
  • Stephanie Mikesell
  • Stephanie Madoff Mack
Born 1974
Occupation Sociologist
Known for Widow of a son of Bernie Madoff

Stephanie Madoff Mack (nee Mikesell) is an American sociologist.[1][2]

She attended Nightingale-Bamford, a small, expensive private school, from Kindergarten through high school.[2] She earned a college degree at Franklin & Marshall, in Pennsylvania.

After graduation, in 1996, she took a job as an editorial assistant at George magazine.[2] The magazine went out of business in 2001, and she started working as an assistant to Narciso Rodriguez, a fashion designer.

A friend set her up on a blind date with the recently divorced Mark Madoff, and the pair married in 2003.[1][2] Her boss, Rodriguez, designed her wedding gown.

She and Madoff had two children, born in 2006 and 2009.

Her father-in-law, Bernie Madoff, had been a highly respected financier, until the collapse of the real estate bubble, in 2008.[1] He had been a swindler, and had been running one of the longest running and most successful ponzi schemes, until the bubble's collapse. On December 10, 2008 Madoff informed his wife, Ruth Madoff, Mark Madoff and his younger son Andrew Madoff, that he had been a swindler.

Madoff was arrested, tried, and given a long sentence. Her husband and his brother, uncle and a variety of cousins had all worked for her father-in-laws firm, without knowing of the swindle. Nevertheless, the rest of the family was subjected to unpleasant scrutiny and suspicion. Her husband Mark committed suicide on December 10, 2010, the second anniversary of her father-in-law's confession.

In 2011 Mack published a memoir about her life so far, “The End of Normal.”[3]

In 2012 Mack and Deborah Madoff, the estranged wife of her brother-in-law Andrew Madoff, were sued by Irving Picard, to recover funds to pay back her father-in-law's swindled clients.[2][4][5][6] They reached settlements with the trustee in 2017. The bankruptcy judge ruled that Susan Elkins, her husband's first wife, had acquired her fortune early enough that she got to keep them.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stephanie Madoff Mack. As ‘Daddy,’ Mark Madoff Lives On, The New York Times, 2012-09-19. Retrieved on 2020-10-17. “Eventually my children will learn about the complex details of their father’s family, and that he took his own life. They’ll be angry, and they’ll grieve in different ways. But, for now, they’re young, and I find that in our grief, we end up celebrating our lives together. We have new memories complete with laughter and dancing. And somehow, we have found a peaceful place for Mark in them as well.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sara Lieberman. Madoff's Ultimate Victim, Page Six Magazine, March 2013, p. 36-42. Retrieved on 2020-10-17. “It was clear that Mark had the right pedigree. He’d grown up in Roslyn, Long Island—rich, gregarious and considered the “golden boy.” At the University of Michigan, he pledged Sigma Alpha Mu, the go-to fraternity forrich “golden boys” from the EastCoast, and after he graduated hewent straighttowork for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.”
  3. Andrew Goldman. Stephanie Madoff Mack Keeps Busy, The New York Times Magazine, 2011-11-20, p. 12. Retrieved on 2020-10-17. “In your book, “The End of Normal,” you write about a girlfriend setting you up on a blind date with your future husband, Mark Madoff, whom she described as “one of the wealthiest men in New York.” Was that appealing?”
  4. Tiffany Hsu. Madoff’s family, daughters-in-law sued for $255.3 million, Los Angeles Times, 2012-05-07. Retrieved on 2020-10-11. “Irving H. Picard is expanding an existing lawsuit to also include three of Madoff’s sons’ spouses. The suit claims that the women should have been aware of and reported Madoff’s fraud, which bilked investors of $20 billion.”
  5. Bill Rochelle. Madoff Sons’ Wives Sued by Trustee Picard for $57.5 Million, Washington Post, 2012-05-07. Retrieved on 2020-10-17. “The revised complaint adds Stephanie Mack, Mark Madoff’s widow, and Deborah Madoff, Andrew Madoff’s wife, as defendants on $54.5 million in claims for unjust enrichment. Picard also is suing for $3 million that allegedly was transferred to the two women and to Susan Elkin, Mark Madoff’s first wife.”
  6. Madoff Son's Suicide Followed Battle with Trustee, CNBC, 2010-12-12.
  7. Madoff wives to face trustee claims, Toronto Star, 2012-04-06. Retrieved on 2020-10-17. “US Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland in Manhattan said that the trustee Irving Picard may pursue about US$43mil of claims against Deborah Madoff, who married Andrew Madoff, and US$33mil of claims against Stephanie Mack, the widow of Mark Madoff.”