NY Post: 'Chicago P.D.' actress claims she is the secret daughter of famous mogul

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 07, 2018
10:22 A.M.

Chicago P.D. actress Marina Squerciati has found herself spilling a big secret that she’d hidden for her whole life. She revealed who her father was.


The actress shared that her father was late Wall Street mogul John R. Jakobson. The reason for her revelation has everything to do with how he excluded her from his will according to The New York Post.

Marina Squerciati, 36, who plays policewoman Kim Burgess on NBC’s Chicago P.D. has revealed that she’s the daughter of late Manhattan financier John R. Jakobson. She claimed that he had paid Dalton and college tuition while her single mother cashed his monthly checks for 20 years.

Now that he’s passed on, she is fighting to get her share of his $100 million fortune. She’s only speaking up now because he swore for years to provide for her in his will, according to court papers.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Jakobson became rich in 1955 at age 25 when he became one of the youngest people ever to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange

The actress said he broke his promise. She lost the chance to bond with Jakobson who died in April 2017 of pneumonia at age 86.

Documents filed in the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court stated that she was denied ‘any relationship whatsoever with her half-siblings.’ One of those possible siblings is also a TV actress, Maggie Wheeler, 59.

She appeared in Seinfeld but is best-known for her role on Friends as Chandler Bing’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Janice. In an interview with EW last year, Marina said, “I don’t have any siblings.”

The star also has a daughter who was born last year, a month after Jakobson’s death. The financier’s family, including his widow of 34 years, Park Avenue socialite and noted etiquette author Joan Jakobson, apparently never knew of Marina’s existence.

“I’m not aware of it at all. She said she was John’s daughter?”

Joan Jakobson, The New York Post, July 28, 2018


Jakobson was said to have been quite the ladies’ man. He was first married to his college sweetheart, Museum of Modern Art trustee Barbara Jakobson.

The financier had three children, including Wheeler, with her. One of them died and the couple divorced in the 1970s.

In 1979, while planning to marry Joan, he met former Miss America Bess Myerson. The two started a months-long affair before Jakobson broke things off.

He then got into a relationship with Marina’s mother, Marie. She never spoke of Jakobson or the year-long relationship that resulted in their daughter’s August 1981 birth.


The businessman went on to marry Joan in 1983 and never mentioned his baby girl. Joan also gave birth to their son, Nicholas.

Jakobson paid Marie $1,200 a month for more than 20 years. He also spared no expense for Marina’s education and spent more than $175,000 for her to attend Dalton School through her senior year.

Then he took out another $131,000 for her schooling, room, and board at Northwestern University. He even sent flowers and birthday gifts to his apparent love child, even investing in a play she appeared in.

Throughout, he kept up the charade that he was planning to create a “substantial” trust for Marina according to court documents. Jakobson’s estate plans included money for his first and second wives, his three surviving children, and his stepdaughter through Joan, as well as funds for a namesake foundation.


Nicholas, the executor of his father’s estate, ‘has devoted substantial time and . . . considerable legal expense in analyzing the claim,’ according to a court filing by the estate.

It slams Marina’s allegations as having ‘no basis in fact or law.’ Even if the actress could prove Jakobson was her biological father, she has no written evidence of his promise to provide for her in his will, the lawyers argued.

The lawyers have offered her a mere $50,000 settlement. The case is still ongoing.

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