Netflix recently debuted the biopic Worth, showcasing the union of Charles Wolf and Kenneth Feinberg during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Portrayed by Stanley Tucci and Michael Keaton, the narrative circles the pair’s involvement with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
While Worth showcases the theatrical side of real-life events, many viewers are wondering what happened to the real lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, and we cover what he is currently involved in.
What Happened to Kenneth Feinberg?
Receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his Juris Doctor degree from New York University’s School of Law, Feinberg became Senator Ted Kennedy’s Chief of Staff in 1976, prior to joining a law firm.
Feinberg gained experience in victim compensation projects, including the Agent Orange Victim Compensation Program, and started his own law firm before becoming involved in the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund – created 11 days after the attacks.
Worth documents Feinberg’s eight-part formula that calculated how much each family should receive in benefits, and the lawyer worked pro bono throughout his time with the fund.
Feinberg’s arrogant demeanor was soon dissolved by the emotional stories told by families involved in the fund and helped to accumulate 5,000 claims.
Where is Kenneth Feinberg Now?
In 2005, Feinberg published a book, titled ‘What Is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11’, which contains most of the source material for the Netflix biopic.
Following his time working as a Special Master for the Victims Compensation Fund, Feinberg continued his work by supporting the families affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook shooting, and more.
Feinberg recently revealed in an interview with the Financial Times that he was not planning to retire any time soon, and looks forward to helping more families in the future.