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Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World Paperback – Illustrated, 22 October 2019

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[The] extraordinaire saga of Malaysian entrepreneur Jho Low [is] chronicled in juicy detail.... A mind-boggling picture of Low's thievery, grandiose spending and disappearance.--Financial Advisor

A cracking read.--
Unreserved Media

A must-read for fugitive financiers...a belter of a financial scandal takedown...great fun....A breathless collation of excellent investigative reporting, it shows real life really can be stranger than fiction.--

A wonderful book... A rip-roaring, absolutely delightful account of one of the biggest financial cons in the history of the world.... If you liked
Bad Blood, you might well enjoy Billion Dollar Whale... An incredible story of a con artist at the height of his game.--David Plotz, Slate "Political Gabfest"

An amazing tale of greed.... juicy and entertaining.--
Library Journal (starred review)

An extraordinary tale.... richly woven...[with] dogged reporting.... Like all good business stories,
Billion Dollar Whale is bigger than the immediate one it tells. It is a story of emerging markets crippled by corruption and cronyism and comes from the era of egregious--and mostly punishment-free--banking.... One thing is clear. If ever Hollywood gets round to telling the story on screen, here is perfect material for the script.--Financial Times

An incredible story.... If you need some billionaires to despise--look no further than these charlatans.--
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit

An incredible story.--

Bad Blood is to biotech, Billion Dollar Whale is to international finance... a wonderful read... Thrilling.--Bill Gates

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Even the most skilled fiction writer would have trouble conjuring the corrupt and colorful protagonist of
Billion Dollar Whale. Bradley Hope and Tom Wright's gripping portrait of Jho Low and his enablers throughout the global financial system will both fascinate and enrage you.--Sheelah Kolhatkar, staff writer at The New Yorker and New YorkTimes bestselling author of Black Edge

Gripping.... The heist of the century.--

I highly recommend this rip-roaring story of brazen fraud..., political corruption..., and investment-banker callousness.--
Adam Lashinsky, FORTUNE

If you like global intrigue, financial crime, wealth porn, and absurdity,
Billion Dollar Whale, by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, is for you.... It almost seems made up. Still, anyone who has followed the news out of Malaysia will know that the story is all too real.--The New Yorker

Impeccably researched.
The Economist

Just finished reading
Billion Dollar Whale and was blown away. I thought I had seen it all with Russian kleptocracy, but the story of the money stolen in Malaysia in 1MDB and all the enthusiastic Western enablers was unbelievable.
Bill Browder, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Notice

One of the best business books in a long time.--
Brian Sullivan, CNBC

One of the most important books of 2018.--

Take one chubby Malaysian business school graduate. Mix with Middle Eastern sheikhs and greedy Southeast Asian politicians. Add Wall Street investment banks, law firms and Swiss wealth managers. Then mix in superyachts, five-star hotels, luxury apartments, nightclubs, models, A-list movie stars--and bathtubs of champagne... [This] richly reported page-turner is meticulously pieced together from interviews, documents and emails by
Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.--PeterThal Larsen, Reuters

The story of a massive international financial scandal... As the authors amply prove, the scandal reaches far beyond Low. To succeed, he relied on the naivete, greed, and generally immoral conduct of huge banks as well as corrupt governments.--

This story of a Wharton graduate who carried out the $5 billion swindle known as 1MDB offers a textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age.--
New York Times

Well-researched and well-documented.... Reveals how Low used a bag of tricks, including financial fraud, to make himself seem more powerful, more influential, and more successful than he actually was... This is a must-read.--

What a blast to read! A true life thriller that reads like a Hollywood movie,
Billion Dollar Whale traces the exploits of the most mercurial, mysterious big player in history. Jho Low is Gatsby with twice the bank account and ten times the ambition, and the stories surrounding his exploits leap right off the page!--Ben Mezrich, NewYork Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and BringingDown The House

Wright and Hope deliver a scintillating and prodigiously reported tale of a globe-spanning modern Gatsby and his audacious fraud.--
Jesse Eisinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for ProPublica and author of TheChickenshit Club

Wright and Hope transform their investigation of a mind-boggling financial fraud into a nonfiction thriller... This is an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale.--
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

1MDB book is a whale of a tale.... Readers who have followed the 1MDB scandal will be expecting heavy doses of both opulence and corruption. What
Billion Dollar Whale does best is show just how dizzyingly far-reaching the scheme was.... shocking - and an essential read.--Financial News of London

A Financial Times Best Book of 2018

A Fortune magazine Best Book of 2018

About the Author

Tom Wright was one of the first journalists to arrive at the scene of the raid in which Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. In 2013, he spearheaded coverage of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, which killed over 1,000 people, earning the Wall Street Journal a Sigma Delta Chi award from The Society of Professional Journalists. He is a Pulitzer finalist, a Loeb winner, and has garnered numerous awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia, which in 2016 named him Journalist of the Year. He speaks English, Malay, French and Italian.

Bradley Hope has worked for the Wall Street Journal for the last four years, covering finance and malfeasance from New York City and London. Before that, he spent six years as a correspondent in the Middle East, where he covered the Arab Spring uprisings from Cairo, Tripoli, Tunis, and Beirut. He was detained by authorities in Bahrain, reported from the front lines of the Libyan civil war, and has been teargassed in raucous Egyptian protests. Bradley is a Pulitzer finalist and a Loeb winner, and also author of Last Days of the Pharaoh, a chronicle of the final days and hours of the presidency of Hosni Mubarak.

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 031643647X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316436472
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - and would make a great movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awash in stolen wealth.
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