• 05 Jun 2007 at 8:55 AM
  • Rich Kids

Born Classy: Luke Weil goes to jail camp

luke weil 1.jpg Before there were shows like MTV’s “Sweet Sixteen,” where the obnoxious actions of wealthy children were on weekly display, there was Born Rich, a 2003 HBO documentary created by Jamie Johnson, the J&J heir. The resounding “star” of born rich was Luke Weil, heir to the Autotote (now Scientific Games, the UK’s largest set of OTB wagering systems) fortune. Luke wasn’t too happy with his portrayal in the unintentional mockumentary and sued Johnson to have his footage removed from the film. One of Weil’s most shining on-screen moments included the following rant:

Did you ever have someone piss you off? Somebody rubs you the wrong way. And I’m up at boarding school. And this guy’s from some shit town in Connecticut, I don’t know. I can just say, f*** you, I’m from New York. My family can buy your family, piss off. And this is petty, and this is weak, and this is very underhanded, but it’s so easy, you know.

Weil is wealthy (check), obnoxious (check), has an unwarranted sense of entitlement (check), is not particularly bright, or employed (check), is in his 20s (still check, we think) and needs some formal justification to take the company reigns from daddy (check). You would think this makes him a perfect candidate for an Ivy League business degree. Weil started the Columbia MBA program, where Scientific Games CEO A. Lorne Weil is a member of the board of overseers and sponsors a $14k business plan writing competition, and was set to graduate with the class of 2007.
The only slight problem is that Weil is in jail, or the loose simulacrum of jail that a Tribeca detention center represents (at 125 White Street), serving a one year sentence. Making the unfortunate mistake of attending a “sculptress” (rich code for unemployed with a really nice apartment in New York living off family money) named Hope Atherton’s 29th birthday party, Luke decided to beat British music producer (rich code for liking the Arctic Monkeys and having bad teeth) Tarka Cordell with a broken liquor bottle. Sensing this wasn’t enough to really push him into felon territory, Luke also decided on a separate occasion (while his sentence for beating the crap out of Tarka was being deferred) to kick the crap out of his girlfriend (rich code for someone with less money than you who’s willing to take one for the team) with his bare hands. According to the official police report, “[Weil struck his girlfriend, Patrice Jordan] in the face numerous times with a closed fist causing her to sustain numerous deep bruises and lacerations to her face, neck, and head, and causing red bruising to both of her eyes all of which caused her substantial pain.” Weil was able to kill two infractions with one sentence and save himself a couple of court appearances.
Fortunately the rich keep an initial reserved to hide incarceration from the public eye, and Luke had his real first name, “Benjamin” specifically employed for this occasion, until the New York Observer recently unconvered “Benjamin’s” whereabouts. Luke was sentenced on January 30th of this year. Radar reports that he is not currently registered at Columbia for the fall semester (info it got from an official school spokesperson) but that the Weil family is pushing for the prodigal son’s return.
DealBreaker is offering at least a copy of Jack Welch’s Winning for sending in an entry to Daddy Weil’s business plan writing competition in which the plan is to ensure that Luke can never reproduce (put your creative ways of achieving this in the comments). Stamp a provocative title like “Who Wouldn’t Invest in This?” on the thing and await victory.
Born Rich Abuser Clings to Business Plan [Radar]
Where’s Weil? Online Gambling Scion Will Summer in Tribeca Jail Cell [New York Observer]

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  1. Posted by anon | June 5, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    what a douchebag

  2. Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    This kid sounds troubled. But don’t tell me for a second that this makes him unattractive in the yes of some pretty young (gold-digger)things. It just adds to his ‘bad boy’ image. Too bad Weil didn’t beat the crap out of some low-life like Phil Goldstein.

  3. Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    This kid sounds troubled. But don’t tell me for a second that this makes him unattractive in the eyes of some pretty young (gold-digger)things. It just adds to his ‘bad boy’ image. Too bad Weil didn’t beat the crap out of some low-life like Phil Goldstein.

  4. Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    oh yeah that movie was great though.
    another proud moment for columbia b-school

  5. Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    What an embarassment. I hope he doesn’t get to re-enroll at CBS.

  6. Posted by Gordon Gekko | June 5, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    perhaps he has been taking American Pyscho a little too seriously?

  7. Posted by MG | June 5, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    I’d love more dirt on this d-bag. Where did he go to college and high school? Can we have a forum to pick on those schools? Is he really a total moron whose daddy opens doors for him or is just a total sociopath whose daddy opens doors for him?
    Looks like Daddy Lorne Weil (Lorne, anyone?) is pretty nice to his family. His brother, Richard, is VP of International Business Development at SGMS. Oh, and Bess, this could be right up your alley: looks like Lorne is/was on the board of Fruit of the Loom, which your crush Warren Buffett owns.

  8. Posted by anoymous | June 5, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Did someone crop Weil’s photo (above)?

  9. Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Luke attended St. Pauls in New Hampshire, graduating without any sort of distinction in 1998. He then attended Brown. While at boarding school he did little of note and, in many ways, was a social pariah.

  10. Posted by bob | April 17, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    what a fucking wanker

  11. Posted by pauly | April 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I went to high school with Luke. He was a total a-hole with a hot temper even then. Unfortunately, this news doesn’t surprise me one bit. He had manic mood swings. Totally self-absorbed. Lots of people steered wide of him. He struck me as a sociopath then. This just certifies it. DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for “sociopath”:

    1. Since the age of fifteen there has been a disregard for and violation of the right’s of others, those right’s considered normal by the local culture, as indicated by at least three of the following:
    A. Repeated acts that could lead to arrest. (check)
    B. Conning for pleasure or profit, repeated lying, or the use of aliases.
    C. Failure to plan ahead or being impulsive. (check)
    D. Repeated assaults on others. (check)
    E. Reckless when it comes to their or others safety. (check)
    F. Poor work behavior or failure to honor financial obligations. (check)
    G. Rationalizing the pain they inflict on others.

  12. Posted by Born Rich Will Forever Haunt You | May 8, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    Of the many things a person from a wealthy family can inherit, the right to beat a woman is not one of them. But one should not expect much from a piece of shit, should they?

    The interesting thing about this individual is that he will forever be the paradigm of a douche bag. We call people that name everyday, for reasons ranging from acting like a dick to being a snob to someone less fortunate…but Luke here, he’s the face inside our minds everytime that insult passes through. This comment addresses an article almost 3 years old, which is a subtle testament to the immortal shame one can presume he will endure for the rest of his miserable, sad and lonely life. I only grew curious to peruse what has been said of him publicly after watching “Born Rich”, which is yet another source of public shame for him…and he knew it too, evident by the lawsuit he tried throwing at Jamie Johnson prior to its public release. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will see that documentary, and then carry on curious of what has become of the idiot punk who had such a distorted sense of reality that he actually tried contemplating a future of making something of himself. No, if we haven’t seen enough already through the documentary or the exploit highlighted above…this one is without the capacity to transcend any higher than the clump of shit that clings to his rotten asshole.

  13. Posted by Ipeefreely20 | September 4, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    You are right on everything except one thing… he is extremely bright.

  14. Posted by Cunt | March 13, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    no, actually he is not. fact.

  15. Posted by Kyle | April 25, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Two responses to this post dated a year apart, and the first being 3 years after the incident itself!

    I am no fan of Luke Weil, but it seems the real antagonist is his Father, or the further reaching familial greed. It is repulsive to bring a human into this world and psychologically mutilate him in this way.

  16. Posted by Tammy | April 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    This guy is such a loser, I can only hope that he is someone's GF in Jail.

  17. Posted by Jack Jett | October 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    This is a great documentary in a Plan Nine From Outer Space sort of way. It is total camp and while Luke may steal the show, to me, they all seem to suffer from a mental illness.

  18. Posted by Kristina | November 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    "do this pants make my ass look fat?"
    "no, it's your ass that makes your ass look fat"

  19. Posted by Leisha Young | September 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    All I saw in that documentary was a very scared little boy hiding behind his parent's money and drowning his fear with a massive drug habit. He knows he's nothing and he knows he's done nothing to earn his life. Everything that came out of his mouth was just a defense against what everybody already knows…he's a poor little rich kid with very little to offer the world and he has no idea who he is or what to do with his life. The whole thing was one massive defensive rant.

  20. Posted by His Munificence | March 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Not bad shazzy, not bad at all