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For the first part of his life, Barry Minkow made headlines for being the youngest person in United States business history to take a company public through an S-1 registration statement before he was 21 years old.

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 Barry Minkow Biography

For the first part of his life, Barry Minkow made headlines for being the youngest person in United States business history to take a company public through an S-1 registration statement before he was 21 years old. However, his company, ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. (which at one time had a $300 million dollar public stock evaluation) was built on fraud and deceit. In an unprecedented case for its era, Barry Minkow was able to secure three clean audit opinions from two separate accounting firms, a cold comfort letter on the ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. registration statement from a large, prestigious Wall Street law firm, and another quarterly review and cold comfort letter from a Big 8 accounting firm. He amassed over $20 million in loans from 15 different banks, including three investment banks and several private individuals – all for a company whose actual revenues were 86% less than what they reported and who never earned a profit in the five years ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. was in business (October 1982 to July 1987).

Unlike most white-collar criminals, Barry Minkow did not receive a slap on the wrist and an 18-month stay at a golf course prison camp for his crimes. Quite the contrary… Mr. Minkow served more time in custody than Michael Milken, Nick Lesson and Leona Helmsley combined. For the most part, he served his sentence in maximum and medium security facilities and one of his cellmates was serving time for murder. As a result of this long prison stay, no one is better equipped to talk about the consequences of compromise than Barry Minkow. His incarceration time totaled seven years and four months (January 1988 to April 1995).

Since his release from prison, Mr. Minkow has traveled the country speaking to law enforcement agencies like the FBI, public accounting firms, the Institute of Internal Auditors, private business, and even the Pentagon. His subject matter varies from disclosing the techniques perpetrators use to deceive their victims to the methodology of circumventing current due diligence (that is used by banks and accounting firms) to the psychology of fraud. He draws not only on his experiences from ZZZZ Best; but also from his seven plus years of prison where he met some of the nation’s leading white-collar criminals. Mr. Minkow also participated in a video produced by the California Attorney General’s office dealing specifically with elder fraud.

He has also earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Liberty University and serves as the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego, California (March 1997 to present). He speaks at non-profit organizations for little or no fee; always stressing how the line between legal and illegal can become blurry when faced with economic pressure. For the last 12 years, Mr. Minkow has made monthly restitution payments to the final victim of the ZZZZ Best fraud. He has written two books (most of the proceeds went to the victims of the ZZZZ Best fraud), hosted a national radio show on the Business News Network for four years, and is a frequent guest on many television shows.

In 2003 Barry Minkow proved the old adage “it takes one to know one” and began working undercover identifying financial crimes in progress. Before long, Barry was traveling across the country and internationally--sometimes secretly recording conversations in order to help law enforcement penetrate high dollar investment fraud schemes. Schemes that have impacted investors of all ages but were closed down because of the work of law enforcement and Mr. Minkow. As a result of this work, in October of 2005 the FBI wrote an official commendation letter acknowledging that Mr. Minkow had been involved in uncovering some 13 cases totaling millions of dollars which law enforcement had no knowledge of prior to his involvement. More “uncovering” cases have been added to this list of 13 since the issuing of this letter.

Although not a licensed private investigator, Mr. Minkow is the Co Founder of the Fraud Discovery Institute in San Diego, California and the Fraud Discovery Institute is a fully licensed private investigative agency in the state of California (License #24817).

Mr. Minkow speaks to executives and investors alike about the dangers of corporate fraud and the techniques criminals use to deceive victims. As an expert on fraud, he has appeared on national television networks including Fox News, CNN and CNBC. Barry is married to Lisa and has twin sons, Robert Irwin Minkow and Dylan Gene Minkow who were adopted at birth from Guatemala and are now 3 years old.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Barry Minkow?

    Booking fees for Barry Minkow, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Barry Minkow, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Barry Minkow?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Barry Minkow for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Barry Minkow for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Barry Minkow or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Barry Minkow or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Barry Minkow

For the first part of his life, Barry Minkow made headlines for being the youngest person in United States business history to take a company public through an S-1 registration statement before he was 21 years old.

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Barry Minkow Biography

For the first part of his life, Barry Minkow made headlines for being the youngest person in United States business history to take a company public through an S-1 registration statement before he was 21 years old. However, his company, ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. (which at one time had a $300 million dollar public stock evaluation) was built on fraud and deceit. In an unprecedented case for its era, Barry Minkow was able to secure three clean audit opinions from two separate accounting firms, a cold comfort letter on the ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. registration statement from a large, prestigious Wall Street law firm, and another quarterly review and cold comfort letter from a Big 8 accounting firm. He amassed over $20 million in loans from 15 different banks, including three investment banks and several private individuals – all for a company whose actual revenues were 86% less than what they reported and who never earned a profit in the five years ZZZZ Best Co., Inc. was in business (October 1982 to July 1987).

Unlike most white-collar criminals, Barry Minkow did not receive a slap on the wrist and an 18-month stay at a golf course prison camp for his crimes. Quite the contrary… Mr. Minkow served more time in custody than Michael Milken, Nick Lesson and Leona Helmsley combined. For the most part, he served his sentence in maximum and medium security facilities and one of his cellmates was serving time for murder. As a result of this long prison stay, no one is better equipped to talk about the consequences of compromise than Barry Minkow. His incarceration time totaled seven years and four months (January 1988 to April 1995).

Since his release from prison, Mr. Minkow has traveled the country speaking to law enforcement agencies like the FBI, public accounting firms, the Institute of Internal Auditors, private business, and even the Pentagon. His subject matter varies from disclosing the techniques perpetrators use to deceive their victims to the methodology of circumventing current due diligence (that is used by banks and accounting firms) to the psychology of fraud. He draws not only on his experiences from ZZZZ Best; but also from his seven plus years of prison where he met some of the nation’s leading white-collar criminals. Mr. Minkow also participated in a video produced by the California Attorney General’s office dealing specifically with elder fraud.

He has also earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Liberty University and serves as the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego, California (March 1997 to present). He speaks at non-profit organizations for little or no fee; always stressing how the line between legal and illegal can become blurry when faced with economic pressure. For the last 12 years, Mr. Minkow has made monthly restitution payments to the final victim of the ZZZZ Best fraud. He has written two books (most of the proceeds went to the victims of the ZZZZ Best fraud), hosted a national radio show on the Business News Network for four years, and is a frequent guest on many television shows.

In 2003 Barry Minkow proved the old adage “it takes one to know one” and began working undercover identifying financial crimes in progress. Before long, Barry was traveling across the country and internationally--sometimes secretly recording conversations in order to help law enforcement penetrate high dollar investment fraud schemes. Schemes that have impacted investors of all ages but were closed down because of the work of law enforcement and Mr. Minkow. As a result of this work, in October of 2005 the FBI wrote an official commendation letter acknowledging that Mr. Minkow had been involved in uncovering some 13 cases totaling millions of dollars which law enforcement had no knowledge of prior to his involvement. More “uncovering” cases have been added to this list of 13 since the issuing of this letter.

Although not a licensed private investigator, Mr. Minkow is the Co Founder of the Fraud Discovery Institute in San Diego, California and the Fraud Discovery Institute is a fully licensed private investigative agency in the state of California (License #24817).

Mr. Minkow speaks to executives and investors alike about the dangers of corporate fraud and the techniques criminals use to deceive victims. As an expert on fraud, he has appeared on national television networks including Fox News, CNN and CNBC. Barry is married to Lisa and has twin sons, Robert Irwin Minkow and Dylan Gene Minkow who were adopted at birth from Guatemala and are now 3 years old.

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  • How to book Barry Minkow?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Barry Minkow for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Barry Minkow, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Barry Minkow or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Barry Minkow?

    Booking fees for Barry Minkow, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Barry Minkow, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Barry Minkow?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Barry Minkow for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Barry Minkow for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Barry Minkow or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Barry Minkow or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Barry Minkow is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Barry Minkow for your event is available upon request. Barry Minkow generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Milken, Hamdi Ulukaya, Anthony "AB" Bourke, John Butman and David McDonald. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Barry Minkow for an upcoming event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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