Christophe Rocancourt, "the French Rockefeller"
Before "Clark Rockefeller," there was Christophe Thierry Rocancourt, who grew up in a French orphanage and made his way to the US, where he pretended to be a French member of the Rockefeller family. He claimed at different times to be a boxing champion, venture capitalist, and movie producer. He lived with Mickey Rourke for a time, and married and had a son with Pia Reyes, a Playboy model. He estimated that his exploits "earned" him $40 million. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges, was fined $9 million, and sentenced to five years in prison.