Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World

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Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).

Now a #1 international bestseller, Billion Dollar Whale is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale" (Publishers Weekly), revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.

In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude--one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund--right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street.

By early 2019, with his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities and facing criminal charges in Malaysia and in the United States, Low had become an international fugitive, even as the U.S. Department of Justice continued its investigation.

Billion Dollar Whale has joined the ranks of Liar's Poker, Den of Thieves, and Bad Blood as a classic harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the financial world.

Tom Wright is cofounder of Project Brazen, a journalism-focused content studio, a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer finalist. In 2018, he coauthored Billion Dollar Whale, the definitive account of one of the world’s most audacious frauds. He’s the creator and host of Fat Leonard, a nine-part podcast about a man who corrupted the U.S. Navy. Both Billion Dollar Whale and Fat Leonard are being adapted for the screen. In 2020, Stanford University honored Tom with its Shorenstein award for services to journalism in Asia over a twenty year career.

Bradley Hope, based in London, is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale (2018) and Blood and Oil (2020) and author of the upcoming The Rebel and The Kingdom (Nov 1, 2022). He is the co-founder of journalism studio Project Brazen along with Tom Wright. Hope is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Gerald Loeb Award winner.

ISBN: 9780316436472

ISBN-10: 9780316436472

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publication Date: 10/22/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/22/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English


Business & Economics / Corporate & Business History

Political Science / Corruption & Misconduct

True Crime / White Collar Crime

Business & Economics / Banks & Banking

True Crime / Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions