Jordan Belfort’s Ex-Wife tells the Real Story behind the Yacht on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’


The Wolf of Wall Street is a movie that depicts the life of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who became a wealthy and notorious figure in the 1990s.

One of the memorable scenes in the film is when Belfort buys his wife a yacht on their wedding day. However, Nadine Macaluso, Belfort’s ex-wife, has come forward to set the record straight about this scene.

In the movie, Belfort covers his wife’s eyes with a blindfold before revealing the yacht, which he has named after her.

Naomi, played by Margot Robbie, is overjoyed at the extravagant gift and exclaims, “Are you serious? A f***ing yacht?!” However, according to Macaluso, this scene is not entirely accurate.

Macaluso was married to Belfort from 1991 to 2005, and she revealed in a TikTok video that the yacht was not actually a wedding day gift. Instead, Belfort had expressed his desire to buy a yacht after their daughter Chandler was born. Macaluso was initially hesitant about the idea, as she was concerned about their baby’s safety on board. She said, “I don’t think we should buy a yacht, we have a baby, and I don’t feel comfortable. She can’t swim.” However, Belfort was determined to buy the yacht and even named it after Macaluso.

The sinking of the yacht in the movie is based on a real-life event that occurred in June 1996. The ship was caught in a storm and eventually sank, requiring a rescue mission by the Italian Navy Special forces. Macaluso confirmed in her TikTok video that the sinking scene in the film was “totally true.” She even shared real-life footage of her, Belfort, and their friends being rescued by the Navy.

The sinking of the yacht was a traumatic experience for Macaluso and her family. She described it as “horrific” and “horrifying” and said that they were in a squall for 12 to 18 hours. However, she was grateful that they all survived the ordeal, saying, “we lived, thank god, for my kids.”

Macaluso’s account of the yacht scene in The Wolf of Wall Street provides a glimpse into the differences between the movie and real life.


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While the scene in the film is a dramatic and entertaining moment, the reality of the yacht purchase and subsequent sinking was far more complex and dangerous. Macaluso’s testimony serves as a reminder that movies are often a highly stylized version of reality, and that it’s important to consider the facts behind the scenes we see on screen.

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