And the $2.5 million she was allowed by the government to keep is a pittance compared to the billions of dollars her husband once had in his bank account. Yet Ruth Madoff is not complaining, at least publicly. To get caught up, check out ABC News' in-depth coverage of the Madoff scandal by clicking
One son killed himself, the other will barely speak to her. Today, after revelling for years in a $50bn fortune, she's penniless. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bernie Madoff's wife has turned to the bottle for fleeting comfort.