Jeffrey Edward Epstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. His parents, Pauline and Seymour Epstein, raised him and his brother, Mark, in Brooklyn. Epstein grew up in a working-class community in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, N.Y. His friends over the years have included Donald Trump, former lead investigator of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal Kenneth Starr, Britain’s Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Jeffrey Epstein Biography and Profile.