Joe Hunt, a kid from a working-class family who had attended the city’s most prestigious prep school on a full scholarship, formed the "Billionaire Boys Club" investment group 35 years ago with some of his former classmates to show the team members’ wealthy parents that their sons could succeed on their own.
The enterprise turned tragic when its members were charged with the murders of Hedayat Eslaminia (the father of a Billionaire Boys Club associate) and of Ron Levin – a crafty grifter who conned the Billionaire Boys Club and others out of millions before disappearing. Although other Billionaire Boys Club members received short-to-nonexistent prison sentences and although Levin’s body was never found (witnesses even reported seeing him alive after his disappearance), Hunt was convicted of Levin’s murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under legal theories that the state may soon abolish. There is also a grassroots movement to substantially scale back the skyrocketing number of state inmates serving life without parole.
Joe with his girlfriend's father, film producer Bobby Roberts, during the Billionaire Boys Club days