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

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

by Tom Wright, Bradley Hope

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Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Billion Dollar Whale is an examination of one of the most unbelievable financial frauds in recent history. Jho Low, an unassuming, socially awkward Malaysian with “twice the bank account and ten times the ambition” of Jay Gatsby, executes a scheme years in the making. This book accomplishes the task of unpacking that scheme, meticulous in its reporting and entertaining in its storytelling. Wright and Hope do an expert job of making Low’s story accessible, even to those with limited knowledge of finance. Despite an intricate system of shell companies and off-shore accounts making Low’s scam possible, Wright and Hope report in such a way that the reader doesn’t feel left behind or bogged down by all the financial milieu. Adding even more to this story is the fact that it doesn’t just unfold within the financial world, but the entertainment world as well, pulling in characters like Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Beyoncé. Low finesses his way up the ladder of the social elite, gaining the trust of the world’s most influential figures and pouring his money into any empty space. Billion Dollar Whale is reminiscent of John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood, which exposed the inner workings of Elizabeth Holmes’s Theranos; both center on strange, enigmatic characters, making for extremely gripping reads with a psychological edge. Even if this book seems outside of your comfort zone, I highly recommend giving it a try; you won’t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you really need to have a working knowledge of international banking and finance to appreciate all the details in this book. For the casual reader it is easy to get lost in and lose track of (and hence get bored with) all the shell companies, limited partnerships, look alike/sound alike funds, etc etc,etc. It’s really quite difficult to follow
Anonymous 5 months ago
The true story of the world financial system that enables political leaders who harvest the wealth from their own countries for their own personal gain- and in this case with an assist from one Jho Low. A smooth talking and lavish spending grifter on a scale the world has never seen. Extensively researched and smoothly written this book will keep you up late as you hobnob with Hollywood and music industry celebrities and world leaders who all enjoy a taste of the good life thanks to the hyper extravagant spending of Jho Low who throws around billions of dollars in stolen money. I can't wait to see the documentary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating story, well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Astounding piece of investigation and disclosure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Low is not a nice guy. His life is disparaging to many honorable people, institutions and charities. Goldmann Saks should be shuttered, if this account is true.