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'Ponzi king' Bernie Madoff dumped by wife to reconcile with son

August 14, 2011 - London

The wife of 'Ponzi king' Bernard Madoff has dumped him to seek a reconciliation with her only living son.

Ruth, who has been married to the convicted fraudster for 52 years, is said to be out of touch with him for more than six months.

The 70-year-old mother was rejected by her sons Mark and Andrew following her refusal to leave Madoff after his 65-billion-dollar failed Ponzi scheme came in the limelight in 2008.

According to Diana Henriques, author of 'Bernie Madoff: The Wizard of Lies', Ruth has not visited her 73-year-old husband since their son Mark committed suicide in December 2010.

"Ruth has not seen Bernie since Mark's suicide and I think the remnants of the family will now pull together," the Daily Mail quoted Henriques as telling The Daily Express.

"Ruth visiting him in prison was a major impediment to her being reconciled with them," she added.


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