Scott Borgerson

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Alma materUS Coast Guard Academy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
SpouseGhislaine Maxwell
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
Coast guard drug interdiction officer. CFR fellow. Founder of an Israeli-funded shipping tracking company. Husband(?) of Ghislaine Maxwell.

Scott G. Borgerson is former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, founder of a shipping tracking company, and husband of Ghislaine Maxwell.[1][2][3]

Early life

Borgerson was born in Missouri to a military family.[2] His father was an officer in the US Marine Corps.

Education and early career

After he graduated from high school he studied at the US Coast Guard Academy, and then spent four years working as a Coast Guard officer, piloting a 367-foot cutter which seized five tons of cocaine in the Caribbean, then captaining a patrol boat that saved 30 lives on search-and-rescue missions. From 2001 to 2003 the Coast Guard sent Borgerson to the Fletcher School at Tufts University to earn his master’s of arts in law and diplomacy.

Following graduation, from 2003 to 2006, Borgerson taught U.S. history, foreign policy, political geography and maritime studies at the Coast Guard Academy, and co-founded its Institute for Leadership.


He applied for a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). During the application process he met Edward Morse, now global head of commodities research at Citigroup. Morse was on the CFR selection committee in 2007 and recommended Borgerson as a fellow.

Morse introduced Borgerson to commodities, and to trading terms like “contango” and “backwardation.” Morse himself had, earlier in career, gotten the jump on official oil supply data by hiring planes to take photos of the lid heights of oil tanks in Oklahoma’s Cushing field.

Working for the CFR in New York "reconnected Borgerson with his Missouri roots". Bill Bradley’s aunt called the former senator to say: “The son of a family who went to our church in Crystal City is in New York. Would you welcome him?” Bradley did — and would later play a part in Borgerson’s career development.[3]

While at the CFR, Borgerson became an expert on the melting of the North Pole ice cap, writing numerous published articles on its implications; this led him to co-found, with the president of Iceland, the Arctic Circle, a nonprofit designed to encourage discussion of the future of that region.

His Arctic research led to an realization early in 2008, while he was still with the CFR, on a visit to Singapore and the Strait of Malacca with his Fletcher School classmate Rockford Weitz and their former Ph.D. adviser, John Curtis Perry. Seeing the mass of ships sailing through the strait, Borgerson and Weitz decided to build a data analytics firm using satellite tracking of ships.


In 2010 he founded CargoMetrics, a firm that provides clients with the location of ocean-going vessels.[2]. Despite being described by as someone who "seems an unlikely architect of such a serious, ambitious endeavor," he over six years "secretly and painstakingly built a firm heavy in Ph.D.s that can manage a database of hundreds of billions of historical shipping records, conduct trillions of calculations on hundreds of computer servers and systematically execute trades in 28 different commodities and currencies."[3] The firm made Borgerson rich. CargoMetrics uses VHF radio transmissions to track more than 120,000 vessels around the world, monitoring where they dock to gauge their type and size of cargo. [4]

Investors include Idan Ofer, heir to a shipping fortune who controls The Israel Corporation and Kenon Holdings, is part of a group that counts Google’s Eric Schmidt; former Lotus CEO Jim Manzi; Texan automotive billionaire Billy Joe “Red” McCombs; and Genel Energy founder Mehmet Sepil.[4]


Borgerson had two children with his first wife, Rebecca, whom he divorced in 2015.[2]

Borgerson had become friends with Ghislaine Maxwell, a close associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Maxwell.[2] After Maxwell disappeared it turned out she was living in one of Borgerson's houses. Later it became known that Borgerson and Maxwell had married. The New York Times writes that "Many of Ms. Maxwell’s old friends were surprised to read in reports of court proceedings earlier this summer that she had gotten married. It remains possible either that she was not telling the truth or that her spouse is someone other than Mr. Borgerson."[1] Brendan Hammer, a divorce lawyer in Chicago, said it was certainly “a little strange” that no records of a marriage have yet been found in widely used databases. But there could be various explanations, he said, like the ceremony taking place abroad, or paperwork delayed by the pandemic.[1]

Borgerson stepped down from heading CargoMetrics when his marriage to Maxwell became known.[2]

Borgerson and Maxwell began sharing a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, after Maxwell sold her 7,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper East Side for about $15 million in 2016.[1]

Maxwell was divorcing Borgerson at the time of her arrest.[2] Reporters have described the divorce as a "divorce of convenience" - a nominal divorce meant only to shield Borgerson's wealth from civil suits filed against her by Epstein's victims.



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