Lawyer, political commentator, politician, New York's 54th governor and, most famously, Emperors Club VIP's Client No. 9. Since his resignation from office in 2008, Spitzer has made attempts to improve his reputation through dedication to philanthropic causes and pro bono legal work. He attempted to make a return to the limelight in 2011 by co-hosting a show, Parker Spitzer, on CNN, though it was cancelled before its first birthday.
Spitzer was born in 1959 in the Bronx. Son of Anne, an English professor, and Bernard Spitzer, a real estate mogul. Spitzer attended Horace Mann, Princeton, and Harvard Law School before joining the New York County District Attorney's office where he headed the labor-racketeering unit. Spitzer first entered politics in 1994, when he threw his hat in the ring for the role of New York Attorney General. He lost in ‘94, but was elected in ‘98 and again in ‘02. As attorney general, Spitzer made a name for himself prosecuting white-collar crime, securities fraud, and predatory lending practices. He announced his intentions to run for governor in 2004 (two years before the actual election), and his eagerness must have helped: he won in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote.
Spitzer introduced a number of controversial policies while in Albany (in between spending time in DC with high-end hookers), including legalization of same-sex marriage, using State Police for surveillance, and issuing driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. All his political controversies were pretty much forgotten, though, when The New York Times reported that Spitzer had been patronizing a high-priced prostitution service for several years. Spitzer was partial to a $1000-an-hour call-girl named Ashley Dupré, and between Dupré and other women, Spitzer paid over $80,000 on prostitutes during his time as attorney general and governor. Spitzer resigned on March 17, 2008 and was replaced by David Paterson.
Despite his expensive hooker-trysts, Spitzer is still married to his law school-sweetheart, Silda Wall; together they have three daughters. [Image via Getty]