The Goldman Sachs exec who bought Epstein's mansion for $51M

REVEALED: The Goldman Sachs exec, 54, who made a fortune on Bitcoin and his wife who have bought Epstein’s mansion for $51M and are trying to offload their Noho Penthouse for $30M

  • Michael D. Daffey, 54, recently purchased Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion for $37 million less than its original $88 million asking price
  • The Australian financier and his American wife, Blake Daffey, have plans to live in the mansion with their children after renovating it 
  • In the wake of the purchase, the Daffeys are now preparing to put their $30 million penthouse apartment in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood on the market 
  • The couple, who are believed to have four children together, are relocating from London where they have been based for the past 15 years 
  • Daffey recently retired from Goldman after 27 years at the firm 
  • He was an early investor in bitcoin and recently cashed in his heavy investment when the cryptocurrency surged above $50,000 last month 

The former Goldman Sachs executive and high-flying trader who just purchased Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in New York City for $51 million has plans to live in the notorious home with his wife and children. 

Michael D. Daffey, 54, recently purchased Epstein’s seven-story, 40-room property on the Upper East Side for $37 million less than its original $88 million asking price. 

The Australian financier and his American wife, Blake Daffey, have plans to live in the mansion, which is one of the city’s largest, with their children after renovating it.

In the wake of the purchase, the Daffeys are now preparing to put their $30 million penthouse apartment in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood on the market, a source told the New York Post.

The couple, who are believed to have four children together, are relocating from London where they have been based for the past 15 years. 

Daffey recently retired from Goldman after 27 years at the firm. 

Michael D. Daffey, 54, and his wife Blake have purchased Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in New York City for $51 million and plan to live in it with their children after renovating it

He spent the past year alone as Goldman’s global markets chairman overseeing trade remodeling in Europe in the wake of Brexit. 

A source told Insider that Daffey was an early investor in bitcoin and recently cashed in his heavy investment when the cryptocurrency surged above $50,000 last month. 

Daffey recently retired from Goldman after 27 years at the firm. He spent the past year alone as Goldman’s global markets chairman overseeing trade remodeling in Europe in the wake of Brexit 

It is not clear how much Daffey made from bitcoin alone. 

A spokesman for Daffey said he purchased Epstein’s home with cash and a bridge loan. 

Daffey plans to heavily renovate the mansion, located at 9 East 71st Street, and effectively erase all traces of its notorious former owner before moving in. 

‘Mr Daffey had never previously been in the home nor ever met its owner, but he is a big believer in New York’s future and will take the other side of all the people who say the city’s best days may be in the past,’ his spokesman Stu Loeser said. 

Daffey and his wife currently own their four-bedroom penthouse at 25 Bond Street in Noho.   

They are believed to also own property in London where they have been living for more than a decade. 

The couple left New York back in 2005 for Daffey’s job at Goldman. 

Daffey, 54, recently purchased Epstein’s seven-story, 40-room property on the Upper East Side for $37 million less than its original $88 million asking price 

In the wake of the purchase, the Daffeys are now preparing to put their $30 million penthouse apartment in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood (above) on the market

Prior to leaving, they had owned property in Soho and Gramercy Park.  

Daffey, who was born and raised in Australia, built his career in Goldman’s trading division and rose to top roles including running equities sales globally as well as fixed income and foreign exchange sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

He was promoted last year from global co-chief operating officer of Goldman’s equities franchise to the newly-created role global markets chairman.

His Goldman salary is not public. 

The Daffys new home was the subject of a high-profile FBI raid related to Epstein and his child sex crimes.

During the raid, federal agents found child sex abuse images in a safe inside. 

Epstein and his alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell also entertained the rich and powerful at the home, including Prince Andrew.

Multiple women claim Maxwell procured them for Epstein when they were underage and were taken to the mansion. 

Maxwell has denies the allegations. 

The mansion was previously owned by Epstein client and Victoria’s Secret owner Les Wexner. 

The couple, who are believed to have four children together, are relocating from London where they have been based for the past 15 years. They are pictured above in 2012

The Daffys new home was the subject of a high-profile FBI raid related to Epstein and his child sex crimes. During the raid, federal agents found child sex abuse images in a safe inside. Epstein is pictured arriving at his home in 2019

Real estate broker Dolly Lenz, who was among those trying to sell the property, told the New York Post the purchase price was probably about ‘half off’ what the mansion might have fetched.  

‘It is 28,000 square feet. That’s less than $4,000 a foot for the most magnificent mansion on the best block, just off Fifth Avenue. It’s the very best in New York,’ Lenz said.

Even at the relatively low price, the home was a difficult sell, according to Lenz.

‘We offered it to a lot of people who said, “We don’t want to go near that place,”‘ Lenz said. ‘Fancy international people who are always in for a deal said “No way.”‘

Lenz said she believed Daffey’s purchase was a good decision.

‘I think he made a smart move, however, it will be a long time before people forget it was a place were children were abused,’ Lenz said. ‘But he’s betting on it long term. That’s what some people do.’

The sale revenue is expected be transferred to the Epstein victims restitution fund, which is controlled by Epstein’s estate. 

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