9. Scott Rothstein - $1.2 billion
This particular Ponzi scheme is most famous because it’s the largest lawyer-orchestrated scam ever. Once a respected lawyer from Florida, Rothstein developed an elaborate Ponzi scheme, spanning many years.
By attracting several thousands of investors, he funded his lavish lifestyle, which ended up blowing his cover. For his shameful activities, Scott is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence. The government estimates that he stole much more than $1.2, but nothing has been confirmed yet.