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

An epic true-tale of hubris and greed from two Pulitzer-finalist Wall Street Journal reporters, Billion Dollar Whale reveals how a young social climber pulled off one of the biggest financial heists in history--right under the nose of the global financial industry--exposing the shocking secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics. The dust had yet to set An epic true-tale of hubris and greed from two Pulitzer-finalist Wall Street Journal reporters, Billion Dollar Whale ...

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Title:Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
Author:Tom Wright
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

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

  • Baljit
    Sep 26, 2018
    A great read especially as it?s so close to home. On what is the largest scandal in the financial world the intricacies of the deals are broken down to bite sized chapters making it easy to handle. The writers describe the various characters involved to give the reader enough detail ...
  • Mehrsa
    Nov 23, 2018
    First of all, the author makes this clear at the end, but not nearly clear enough: This is not a story about some random Malaysian conman--it's a story about Goldman sacks and hollywood and the Saudis and how greed allowed someone to lie and cheat his way to partying with Leonardo DiCa...
  • Schuberino
    Dec 10, 2018
    This is a hard one to rate - the story itself is astounding and outrageous, and I think an incredibly important story to know. The writing, on the other hand...is a good case study in why journalists are not necessarily authors. Full sentences repeated themselves throughout the book, c...
  • Syahira
    Sep 21, 2018
    Being a Malaysian and trying to come up with a perfectly objective review is impossible when it hit so close to home. Nothing against to the wonderful people who contributed to this publication. But there has never have been a book that filled me with so much rage and disgust. Therefor...
  • Julian Lees
    Jan 08, 2019
    The greed....oh the greed! ...
  • Lisa
    Dec 09, 2018
    Recommended after finishing Bad Blood, ?maybe even better?. Not even close. This is in need of a good editor. The color of Paris Hilton?s nail polish or Leonardo?s ball cap add absolutely nothing to the very complicated story. I had to power through it to finish. I've seen s...
  • Nilesh
    Nov 16, 2018
    Billion Dollar Whale shines because of the authors' ability to narrate a story. And, therein might lie some rubs too. BDW is almost a movie script. The book is exceptionally well-written. Its focus on the main topic is exemplary. The authors do not digress to loosely-associated othe...
  • Albert
    Sep 30, 2018
    This isn't a book I would've picked up had my wife not mentioned it. As much as I found Najib's ousting a few months ago an interesting socio-political development in Malaysia, it wasn't something I was going to delve into. But then she started reading it so I thought I'd read it too. ...
  • Akmal A.
    Nov 03, 2018
    Billion Dollar Whale Kes 1MDB ini kalau kita fikirkan dalam-dalam taklah muncul begitu je. Bukan disebabkan Jho Low atau Najib Razak atau Rosmah semata walaupun mereka adalah peran utama dalam skandal ini, tapi ianya disebabkan telah lamanya iklim rasuah wujud dalam pentadbiran dari...
  • Tina
    Oct 10, 2018
    I was not super familiar with the 1MDB scandal. I had heard a little bit in the news about the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, but hadn't paid too close attention. The details of this book are unbelievable and serve as further maddening proof of the power of greed in this world....
  • Nicky Lim
    Feb 04, 2019
    Even after reading, I can't fully wrap my head around the whole scandal. If anything, this book reveals that there are unscrupulous people out there and you might meet these kind of people in your course of life. It is important to hold on to your morals and do good work, even if the t...
  • Murtaza
    Dec 24, 2018
    This book was an absolutely infuriating glimpse at the unhinged excesses of the global elite, through the prism of 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Bank) a sovereign wealth fund that became the vehicle for the biggest criminal enterprise on the planet. Jho Low, a young Chinese-Malaysian Wh...
  • Athan Tolis
    Nov 03, 2018
    The Wall Street Journal seems to be doing something right, Rupert Murdoch ownership notwithstanding, because for the second time in 2018 I find myself reading a truly amazing book that?s based on investigative work done by its correspondents. Not only that, but it can be said with...
  • Rekha
    Sep 23, 2018
    Heart breaking, riveting read. How millions were robbed and so casually spent, with no consequence. It was fascinating to see how the ?haves? live their lives off the backs of the ?have nots.? ...
  • Anas
    Sep 16, 2018
    Its hard to put down this book, as if the stories were fantasies. The heist commited by Jho Low is definitely bigger than Bernie Maddoff ponzi scheme, well at least Bernie?s inverstors got their ?profits? back. Jho Low represents a desperate figure who wants companionship, rec...
  • Andrew Tollemache
    Sep 20, 2018
    In Wall Street 2 Gordon Gekko tells Shia Laboeuf (I forgot character name): "A fisherman always sees a fisherman from afar" which basically means it takes one, to know one. Thus we learn midway through "Billion Dollar Whale" that one of the 1st to spot that Jho Low was a fraud and was ...
  • Karthik Karunanithy
    Sep 17, 2018
    One of the best expose put together in such an engaging manner. Page turner, as every page had me going "wow, really". It's also interesting how the news I have read over the years have all been tied together in a single book -- and the way it's written by Wright and Hope leaves me won...
  • Paul Ark
    Sep 22, 2018
    "Bad Blood" meets "Crazy Rich Asians" ...
  • Nabilah Firdaus
    Jan 28, 2019
    The amount of money being spent casually at the expense of the Malaysian citizens was giving me anxiety. The book is clear and well written although it kind of require some basic financial/economic knowledge throughout the pages (thanks Google!) Can?t believe that I?m living throug...
  • Stacey Sim
    Sep 25, 2018
    If you have never followed the 1MDB scandal closely, you should read this to catch up. If you are bored and looking for a good thriller, you should read this book. If you are Malaysian you should read this book. If you work in the finance industry, you should read this book. If you're ...
  • Mbogo J
    Nov 11, 2018
    The corrupting effect of money should never be underestimated, it has been wrecking havoc since we invented the concept of the money, and this book chronicles one story from this rich vein. The title having sold the contents well, I particularly liked Tom Wright's style of writing. It ...
  • Venky
    Sep 16, 2018
    Since the publication of All The President?s Men, Barbarians At The Gate and Too Big To Fail, there have been few books of this genre that have gripped the imagination of the reader ? until the arrival of Billion Dollar Whale. A ?whale? is a high rolling gambler who consistentl...
  • Jie Hui
    Oct 17, 2018
    Skillful journalism and writing that detailed the most outrageous theft of people's money from Malaysia. It is ridiculous that nobody even care to do further due diligence as long as they get a cut from the cake. I couldn't contain my anger towards the events depicted in the book, yet ...
  • Fikri
    Nov 25, 2018
    Fascinating and infuriating. Like everyone else I?ve been catching bits and pieces of the 1MDB saga over the years, but reading this book is way better than piecing it together yourself via the news. I don?t think I?d fully appreciated the sheer scale and audacity of the scheme t...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Apr 01, 2019
    Epic avarice on a global level. If you don't think the financial markets are rigged for the rich in corruption that spans continents you need to read this. The tie-ins to Hollywood and American pop culture gives a new perspective to just how rich these people are and how their greed kn...
  • CK Koay
    Sep 21, 2018
    Wow. My brain is fried from reading this. I've been following the 1MDB scandal closely ever since it was raised by Sarawak Report. And I have talked to innocent acquaintances who had worked there as well. But nothing could have prepared me for the scale and scope of the 1MDB scandal th...
  • Shemah
    Sep 30, 2018
    Absolutely riveting. It plays out like a train wreck you can't tear your eyes away from.. happening in slow motion with the ppl of Malaysia being the casualties. How everything happened is just... unfathomable. ...
  • Zak
    Dec 21, 2018
    A riveting read which culminates (forgivably) in a little sense of schadenfreude. Details of the myriad financial transactions and corporate structures concocted to pull off the heist seem credible. As to the non-curricular activities revealed with much gusto in the book, I have no way...
  • Lucas Brandl
    Sep 22, 2018
    Most people will have heard of the celebrities in this book like Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the main "character" Jho Low will be a virtual unknown, and that seems to be how he wanted it. Despite his anonymity, he basically lived the rich, party lifestyle glorified in hip h...
  • Soo Yen
    Oct 01, 2018
    Not really loving the current hottest book in Malaysia. Too much money and too many characters/banks/fake companies /parties to keep track of. There's a lot of long technical financial details that are not easily understood for the laypeople. The book is more suited for those in the ba...