Epstein’s Swedish Obsession

Oct 1 · 13 min read

In July 1980, Jeffrey Epstein was featured as a Cosmopolitan “Bachelor of the Month.” The 27 year old Bear Stearns trader claimed to talk only to “people who make over a million a year” and solicited a reply from “a cute Texas girl.”

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In that same year, a young Swedish woman, Eva Andersson, was finding her way in the modeling world. Andersson, who grew up in a small Sweden town, Uddevalla, decided at 17 to travel to America, making New York her last stop. Eva claims Jerry Ford, who ran Ford Modeling Agency with his wife, Eileen, spotted Eva on the street and took her to meet his wife.

Upon meeting the Swedish blonde, Eva claims that Eileen stated “I’m sending a limo down to pick up your stuff. You’re moving in with me.” Eva’s modeling career took off when she was crowned Miss Sweden by 1980. The former Miss Sweden was modeling for Ford Agency when she met Jeffrey Epstein.

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Another Epstein associate, Jean Luc Brunel, worked for the Ford Modeling Agency in the 1980’s as well. “Although multiple young women in a 1988 CBS News “60 Minutes” segment accused Brunel of sexually assaulting young models — prompting Ford to sever ties — authorities took no further action,” according to a Fox News report.

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Though it is unclear how Epstein met Eva Andersson, it has been widely reported that the couple dated for years sometime in the early to mid 80’s. There is a report of one dancer who claims to have been flown “to Palm Beach in 1983 to teach Epstein and his guests ballet barre lessons and stretching. Two of the guests were Andersson- Dubin and another Swedish model with the Ford agency.”

Epstein reportedly encouraged Andersson to quit modeling and focus solely on medical school. In 1989, Andersson received her MD from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and eventually went on to become an in-house doctor for NBC. The former Miss Sweden reportedly has close ties with Swedish royalty. In fact, as the former nurse of Princess Victoria, Eva attended the christening of Victoria’s daughter in Stockholm, and the Queen visited Andersson-Dubin’s Breast Center in New York, both in 2012.

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Eva and Epstein remained close friends even after ending their romantic relationship. In fact, the former Ford Model lived at the now infamous Manhattan apartment building located at East 66th Street, owned by his brother Mark Epstein. The building reportedly housed Epstein’s business partner and former Ford Modeling scout, Jean Luc Brunel, along with as many as ‘4 girls to an apartment’ from the MC2 agency.

After her marriage to billionaire hedge fund manager, Glenn Dubin in 1994, the pair remained friends. Epstein even befriended Eva’s husband. They had several financial connections. For example, Epstein invested millions with Dubin, the co-founder of Highbridge Capital Management, and was instrumental in the acquisition of the purchase of the majority stake in Dubin’s hedge fund by JPMorgan Chase, which was run by Jes Staley, who is listed in Epstein’s little black book.

Business Insider reported that Eva created a non-profit, Celina Dubin United Fund, after her daughter, in order to conceal Epstein’s donations to Eva’s breast care center. Furthermore, The Daily Beast reported that the Celina Dubin United Fund has the same bookkeeper as Epstein’s non-profits such as COUQ Foundation and Epstein Interests. Epstein also donated thousands from his Gratitude America Ltd. to the Harvard Theatrical club where Eva’s daughter attended, Hasty Pudding.

Eva Andersson-Dubin’s connections extended beyond Epstein to Ghislaine Maxwell and Les Wexner. Maxwell and Andersson-Dubin were spotted at Bette Midler’s 60th Birthday Celebration at the Waldorf Astoria in 2005.

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Vanity Fair reported that Les Wexner’s wife “graciously invited the Dubins to use their boat [Wexner’s $100 million, 316-foot private yacht] for four days while Eva Dubin was recovering from breast cancer surgery,” which was quite out of the ordinary for Les Wexner. They must have been close.

Like Epstein’s co-conspirators, Eva Andersson-Dubin remained loyal to Epstein even after his release from Palm Beach prison. It was even reported that Eva wrote to Epstein’s probation officer explaining “I am 100% comfortable with Jeffrey Epstein around my children.” The Dubins played a key role in reintroducing Epstein to the Manhattan socialite scene after his release from Palm Beach jail.

A source close to the Dubins told Vanity Fair that Epstein was “the godfather of Glenn’s three children,” adding, “He’s tight, tight, tight with him.” In a 2010 affidavit regarding a lawsuit, Glenn Dubin stated, “Epstein is both a personal friend of mine and a long-time investor in [Highbridge].”

Recently unsealed documents revealed that Epstein’s sex slave, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, named Glenn Dubin, among several others, in a 2016 deposition. Roberts-Giuffre stated that she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with the wealthy financier, and implicated both Eva and Glenn in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. Furthermore, the unsealed documents reveal a disturbing testimony by the Dubin’s chef, Rinaldo Rizzo, who recalled an encounter with a 15 year old Swedish girl in the kitchen of the former Swedish model, Andersson-Dubin.

Rizzo tearfully recalled the young Swedish girl was “distraught and shaking… literally quivering.” Rizzo recounted, “She sat down and sat in the stool exactly the way the girls that I mentioned to you sat at Jeffrey’s house, with no expression and with their head down.” Rizzo went on, “She proceeded to tell my wife and I… ‘I was on the island and there was Ghislaine, and there was Sarah,’ and she said, ‘They asked me for sex. I said no.’” Rizzo’s testimony continued, “And at that point, she said she was threatened.” The teen explained to Rizzo that Maxwell and Sarah Kellen took her phone and passport from her, while on Epstein’s island. She went on to explain that she was threatened by both Maxwell and Epstein to remain silent about the incident. The teen abruptly ended the conversation with Rizzo, when Eva Andersson-Dubin entered the kitchen and told the young Swedish girl that she would be working for Eva as a nanny. Rizzo later encountered the young Swedish teen while aboard the Dubin family jet to Sweden. The girl was dropped off at a Swedish airport.

Eva and her Swedish “nanny” were not the only Swedes to play an important role in Epstein’s life. In 2002, Epstein received an award for “Best Male Support,” during the Female Economist of the Year scholarship ceremony held by Swedish executive and socialite, Barbro Ehnbom, at Stockholm School of Economics. Nordic Reach reported that Ehnbom awarded the title to Epstein “to honor a specific Friend who was extra helpful and supportive during the previous year.” Per the Daily Beast, Epstein donated $25,000 to the school through his Epstein Interests foundation as well as another $125,000 from 2005 to 2010 through his COUQ Foundation.

Photo: Pontus Böök, Svenska Dagbladet

The Swedish born New York socialite, Barbro Ehnbom, is a self-proclaimed business executive in the world of high finance and pharmaceuticals, having worked as a Securities Analyst for L.F.Rothschild from 1979 to 1981, before founding Duhann Groupe Inc. Her “financial planner” business, Duhaan Groupe, Inc. has a physical address in New York; yet the business does not appear to have any advertised website that I am aware of from my research. Like Epstein, I assume she must provide services to an exclusive group of elite clients only.

Ehnbom elevates herself as an outspoken supporter of Swedish women in leadership roles, particularly in the areas of science and medicine, through the organization she founded entitled “Barbro’s Best and Brightest.” Both the “Female Economist of the Year” scholarship and “Barbro’s Best and Brightest” were founded in 2001, just prior to awarding Epstein the “Best Male Support” award in 2002.

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Barbro’s Best and Brightest claims to be an “exclusive network” which is “by invitation only,” through which the “founding chairman Ms. Barbro C Ehnbom functions as a role model, mentor and promoter.” “The network allows unique access to global business leaders while fostering personal relationships between members as well as with the network mentors.” No mention of any list of who the “network mentors” are on the BBB website, but inquiring minds would like to know. Was Epstein ever on the list of “network mentors”? The photo gallery of this BBB network website does provide a bit of insight, with photos of attractive young women dressed in red and black, mingling with older, nerdy business-type men. However, since my initial investigation of this “network” began, I’ve noticed the website has been scrubbed. For example, the photo gallery is no longer accessible, other than one photo (provided above). Curios.

One member of this “elite network” of so-called “talented ambitious young women” that Barbro brags about linking with her “friends in high positions in Swedish industry and abroad” does not quite fit the mold. Before Sofia Hellqvist became a Swedish Princess, she was a waitress, model, and reality show star. Prior to her marriage to Prince Carl Philip, Hellqvist was best known as a swimsuit model who won the Miss Slitz 2004 competition and later went on to appear on the reality show Paradise Hotel in 2005. The story of Hellqvist’s “chance meeting” with the prince in the summer of 2009 in an “exclusive seaside resort town” known as Bastad has been widely reported by the press. The official story, as reported by the Hello! tabloid is that Barbro Ehnbom was asked to take Sofia under her wing and “introduce her to her exclusive network.” Barbro Ehnbom is said to have met Sofia sometime around 2011, when the palace began preparing Sofia for “royal life.”

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However, bloggers and chat boards who follow the royals closely, allege that there is more to the story. They claim that Sofia Hellqvist was invited to join Barbro’s Best and Brightest well before her “chance meeting” with the prince in Bastad. This photo does perhaps offer some legitimacy to their claims. The photo of Ehnbom and Hellqvist is alleged to have been taken in Bastad at the time of Hellqvist’s meeting with the prince, destroying the narrative that Barbro met Hellqvist and was asked to mentor her AFTER Hellqvist moved in with the prince in 2011. You won’t, however, find this story or photo reported by any main stream outlet. If true, the story has been thoroughly scrubbed from the internet, with the exception of chat boards, many of which are written in Swedish.

Like Eva Andersson-Dubin, Barbro appears to have a close connection to the Swedish royal family, first as Sofia Hellqvist’s private “mentor” and later attending the royal couple’s “traditional ceremonial reading of the banns of marriage.” Sofia and her prince also attended Ehnbom’s annually held Swedish American Life Science Summit in Stockholm in 2011.

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Ehnbom also supports the World Childhood Foundation, founded by Queen Silva of Sweden. Ehnbom and son were spotted at the Queen’s 2015 World Childhood Foundation Thank You Gala.

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Both Swedish socialites, Andersson-Dubin and Ehnbom, who have played important roles in Epstein’s past, appear to intermingle in the same circles. The pair were spotted a couple of years ago at the Swedish UN Ambassador’s home, which is also the New York meeting point for the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. Barbro was accompanied by her sister, Karin Ehnbom-Palmquist (Sweden’s ambassador to Mexico from 1997–2000, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of Protocol from 2000–2003, and Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand 2003–2008) and her brother Lyndon L. Olson, Jr. (U.S. Ambassador to Sweden 1997–2001).

Barbro Ehnbom’s connections extend beyond royalty and politics to the world of science, academia, and medicine. She hosts the annual Swedish-American Life Science Summit (SALSS), an invitation only event, “bringing together some of the most renowned Life Science executives, scientists, entrepreneurs and investors. The aim is to build strategic and collaborative relationships between academia, industry and fundings, thus enhancing Life Science business.” SALSS conferences have hosted speakers and attendees like “former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the U.S. biotech guru Steve Burrill” and Dr. William Haseltine, “renowned Harvard professor and founder of Human Genome Sciences.” The conferences focus on a range of topics from various industries such as biotech and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Canan Dagdeviren, an MIT Media Lab Assistant Professor, has appeared at SALSS conferences regularly as a speaker, panelist, and attendee — offering this quote from the audience of the 2018 SALSS conference in Washington DC, “Dear Barbro, Joel, Ylva, Lena, I have added another wonderful page to my SALSS experience book. Thanks for creating this uniquely flexible stage for us to share our experiences to come up with innovative solutions to solve real world problems. I’m honored, humbled and beyond thrilled to receive a BBB necklace and be a part of this wonderful family. Stay as “cool” as Sweden ;)” It appears from Canan’s statement, that she is not only a SALSS regular attendee, but one of Barbro’s Best and Brightest. Members of this elite network of young women receive a necklace baring the BBB logo charm.

Considering the outrage by fellow MIT Media Lab members over concealed donations by Jeffrey Epstein to the institution which resulted in the resignation of their director, Joi Ito, I wonder if MIT Media Lab member and a member of Barbro’s Best and Brightest, Canan Dagdeviren, pictured here with Stephen Hawking, is aware of Barbro’s connections to Epstein.

Several well-respected scholars have decided to leave MIT Media Lab over the revelations of their close connections to Jeffrey Epstein, including the testimony by Epstein’s sex slave, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, who claimed that she was forced to have sex with their co-founder, Marvin Minsky. Computer Scientist, Richard Stallman, came under fire over several leaked emails which appear to defend Marvin Minsky and characterized Roberts-Giuffre as “entirely willing.” Stallman also resigned.

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In light of revelations of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of young girls following his first arrest and conviction in 2008, a number of academic institutions claim to have separated themselves from Epstein and his financial influence on their work. Academic institutions like Harvard were thrust into the spotlight amid emerging stories of having received millions in funding from the convicted pedophile. Among the most notable donations by Epstein to Harvard would be the $30 Million pledge to mathematical biologist, Martin Nowak, for the founding of their Evolutionary Dynamics program. Nowak later memorialized Jeffrey Epstein in several papers as well as a book written in 2011 entitled, “SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed,” in which he spoke fondly of their visit to Epstein’s pedo island. Nowak recalled, “Jeffrey was the perfect host. I asked a casual question about what it was like to dive in the warm, clear waters around the island. The very next day a scuba diving instructor turned up. When the British cosmologist Stephen Hawking came to visit, and remarked that he had never been underwater, Jeffrey rented a submarine for him.” Epstein’s commitment to fund the Evolutionary Dynamics program at Harvard immediately followed their trip to the island. “In a 2003 Vanity Fair article that referred to “the Epstein Program for Mathematical Biology and Evolutionary Dynamics” at Harvard, Epstein said he was reluctant to have his name attached to the program, but Harvard President Larry Summers “persuaded” him.”

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A personal friend and doctor of pathology, who goes by the alias, Dr. B, recalled this encounter with a colleague who had an appointment at Harvard’s program for Evolutionary Dynamics and had co-authored over a dozen papers with Nowak, stating, “My friend had no idea that some of his research was funded by Epstein and actually remembers the first time he heard Epstein’s name. It was when everyone in the department was freaking out about Epstein coming to visit and my friend cluelessly asked ‘Who the hell is Epstein and why is this such a big deal?’ It turns out Nowak was introduced to Epstein by Larry Summers, the current president of Harvard at the time…My friend, after looking back with new eyes over his previous interactions with Epstein had this to add: ‘Dr. B, if what you say is true, if all this is a blackmail honeypot operation and if it involves mind controlled slaves, there’s one person who I can think of that even back then when I was oblivious to all of this gave me the creeps. A friend of Jeffrey’s named Barbro Ehnbom. She’s a Swedish business woman who sponsored all these beautiful highly educated women she called ‘Barbro’s Best and Brightest.’ The way she introduced them and talked about them, it was like she was a madam.” Dr. B went on to ask, “Who is this lady?!” Who? Indeed.

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