(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Bernard Madoff, serving 150 years in prison for running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Personal: Birth date: April 29, 1938
Birth place: Queens, New York
Birth name: Bernard Lawrence Madoff
Father: Ralph Madoff
Mother: Sylvia (Muntner) Madoff
Marriage: Ruth (Alpern) Madoff (November 1959-present)
Children: Andrew, April 1966; Mark, March 1964-December 11, 2010
Education: Hofstra University, B.A. Political Science, 1960
Other Facts: Started his firm with $5,000 he saved from working as a lifeguard.
Madoff served as NASDAQ's chairman in 1990, 1991, and 1993.
Had many high-profile victims, including director Steven Spielberg, actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, and New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.
In 2008, Madoff controlled billions in investments. In 2013 , he makes $40 per month doing prison labor.
16,519 investors have filed claims against Madoff. 1,107 have been fully reimbursed. 1,410 are eligible for compensation and have been partially reimbursed. 11,000 claims from those that invested with Madoff through other companies will be at least partially compensated.
Timeline: 1960 - Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities is founded.
December 10, 2008 - Bernard Madoff allegedly confesses to employees of his company that the asset management portion of his firm is actually a large Ponzi scheme. Madoff says the business had lost about $50 billion and that he plans to turn himself in to authorities in a week.
December 11, 2008 - Madoff is arrested on one count of securities fraud for allegedly operating a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme from his investment advisory business. He is released on $10 million bail.
December 12, 2008 - A federal court in Manhattan issues a temporary order freezing Madoff's assets and appointing a receiver over him and his firm.
December 17, 2008 - Madoff is placed on house arrest. Several bids by prosecutors to jail Madoff are denied by the court.
February 9, 2009 - The SEC and Madoff reach a partial settlement agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Madoff will keep a previously reached agreement to freeze his assets and not to violate any other securities laws. This is separate from the criminal charge Madoff faces.
March 12, 2009 - Madoff pleads guilty to eleven felony charges including: money laundering, perjury, false filings with the SEC and fraud. There is no deal with the government associated with the guilty plea. -- U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin orders Madoff to Metropolitan Correctional Center following his confession.
March 20, 2009 - An appeals court rules that Madoff will remain in jail until sentencing.
April 1, 2009 - Federal marshals seize Madoff's yacht, a smaller boat, and one of his homes in Florida as court-ordered seizures of the financier's assets begin.
June 29, 2009 - Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison.
July 14, 2009 - Madoff arrives at Butner Federal Correction Complex in North Carolina to begin serving his sentence.
October 2, 2009 - A $199 million lawsuit is filed against Madoff's brother, Peter, Madoff's two sons, Andrew and Mark, and Madoff's niece, Shana, who all worked at Madoff's firm.
December 11, 2010 - Mark Madoff, 46, commits suicide in his Manhattan apartment.
February 15, 2011 - In an interview from prison, Madoff tells a New York Times reporter that some banks and hedge funds "had to know."
June 4, 2011 - Final auction of personal property belonging to Madoff nets $500,000. To date, the total recovery from the Madoffs has been approximately $24 million in property sales and $80 million in cash assets.
June 29, 2012 - Peter Madoff, Bernard's brother, is arrested. He pleads guilty to charges of conspiracy and falsifying investment records.
September 20, 2012 - Trustee Irving Picard announces that victims of Madoff's Ponzi scheme will receive another $2.5 billion in reimbursement of their stolen funds. This brings the total amount returned to investors to $3.6 billion. Approximately half of the victims have been repaid.
December 20, 2012 - Peter Madoff is sentenced to 10 years in prison and agrees to forfeit all, "present and future assets."
September 26, 2013 - Madoff accountant Paul Konigsberg is arrested and charged with crimes relating to Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
October 8, 2013 - Trial begins for five former Madoff employees, account managers Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi, auditor Daniel Bonventre and computer programmers George Perez and Jerome O'Hara, all accused of helping Madoff conceal the Ponzi scheme.