Keith Raniere Biography
(Founder of NXIVM)
Birthday: August 26, 1960 (Virgo)
Born In: Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Keith Raniere is an American entrepreneur best known as the founder of the controversial multi-level marketing group and alleged sex cult NXIVM. Born in Brooklyn, Keith arrived in New York at the age of 5 and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He partnered up with Nancy Salzman to lay the foundation of NXIVM in 1998, which offered executive success programmes for personality development. Somehow, soon after its establishment, as Keith and Nancy gained significant publicity, the accusations kept piling up about the group being involved in offensive sexual practices. Keith faced several accusations over the years for running a ‘sexual cult’. In 2017, a Canadian actress Sarah Edmondson became the whistleblower and accused Keith of indulging in ‘unnatural and unhealthy’ sexual practises. She alleged that Keith would blindfold his female followers and branded them in their pubic area with the initials of his name-KR. In March 2018, Keith was incarcerated on the basis of sex trafficking charges and a trial ensued on him for sex trafficking and forced labour. Several shocking claims were made by women who fell into his trap and accused him of having manipulative sexual intercourse with minors.