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The Billionaire and the Sex Offender

The year after Jeffrey Epstein was first arrested, in Palm Beach, his Boeing 727 touched down in a less glamorous city: Columbus.

The jet’s manifests show the Ohio capital had been a regular destination before that flight in 2007. The singular reason was Leslie Wexner, the retail mogul behind Victoria’s Secret.

Epstein, the disgraced millionaire charged in New York with sex-trafficking minors, owes more to Wexner than perhaps any other business figure. Starting in the 1980s, Wexner opened doors to the rich and powerful for the younger man, their relationship giving him credibility and adding to his mystique as having a vast pool of money to invest.

How much Epstein actually ever managed for Wexner over the course of their 20-year relationship isn’t known.

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