Corzine Moving Beyond MF Global

Spent holidays in France, was close to cooperating on biography

Jon Corzine / AP
• January 30, 2013 12:23 pm


A bankruptcy court is reviewing a proposal that would return 93 percent of the missing money to MF Global customers after its loss of over $1.6 billion, according to the New York Times.

Major Obama campaign donor and one of the Obama administration's top financial advisers Jon Corzine, who headed MF Global when it collapsed, is putting the whole thing behind him.

Mr. Corzine, a former chief of Goldman Sachs, has started to regain his footing. He spent the summer on Long Island, traveled to France around the holidays and visited Central America for a humanitarian project involving children, setting up what he hopes will become a broader charitable effort. Mr. Corzine, 66, also spends time with his grandchildren and has office space in Midtown Manhattan, where he writes and trades with his own money.

In the most telling indication that Mr. Corzine is taking steps to put MF Global behind him, he was close to cooperating with Richard Ben Cramer, an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, on a biography. Mr. Corzine’s lawyers were in the final stages of negotiating with Mr. Cramer this month when the author died from complications of lung cancer.

Despite Mr. Corzine’s progress, he still must shake a nagging federal investigation. While investigators have long doubted their ability to file criminal charges against him, suspecting that chaos and lax controls were at play, rather than outright fraud, they continue stitching together evidence on the firm’s demise.