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 ...
  • Syahira Sharif
    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...
  • Angela
    Oct 21, 2018
    Why I'm interested in this book at the first place As a fan of true-crime genre and with my inquisitive thoughts surrounding the scandal, I knew I need to get a copy. Plus, I love a good exposť. What do I think of this book... now that I've done reading it Now, I wish most of the...
  • 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. ...
  • Danielle Fung
    Oct 01, 2018
    It is very detailed and accurate yet written in a way that is light for what a complex story it is. Love this so much! ...
  • Aman
    Oct 01, 2018
    A page turning thriller and a wider indictment are a rare combination that most business books (arguably books in general) books fail to pull off. This one does, spectacularly - though I'm not sure if it's the reporting or the sheer crazy of reality. I have a high tolerance for the cra...
  • 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....
  • Wenqi
    Oct 21, 2018
    Parvenu, a new addition to my vocabulary while reading this book. It is defined as, one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it. Jho Low accurately fits the descript...
  • 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" ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wei Li
    Sep 17, 2018
    A compelling read from start to finish, broken only by odd repetition of facts. When news about the 1MDB scandal first broke out, it was hard to process. Each breaking news article has only a piece of a puzzle that people didn?t know existed. This book is the closest I?ve read ...
  • 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 ...
  • John Spiller
    Sep 29, 2018
    "Billion Dollar Whale" is an engrossing and infuriating saga of theft and waste on an incomprehensible scale. Just reflecting on the magnitude of frittering away of billions --BILLIONS -- of dollars sets my blood pressure skyrocketing. If you want further specifics regarding the detail...
  • David Dayen
    Oct 08, 2018
    I imagine all financial journalists have "the one that got away," the story they wanted to cover but didn't for some reason. Maybe they got scooped, maybe they didn't have the resources to make it happen. For me, the tale of the theft of 1MDB, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, is that...
  • 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. ...
  • Joseph Luk
    Nov 01, 2018
    Just before reading this book, I read Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. I love these pieces by investigative journalists, especially when it comes to how the perpetrators would go into such lengths to cover up their trails, only to be deciphered bit by bit, until the house of cards come cru...
  • Losh
    Sep 19, 2018
    As an aspiring investigative journalist, I am so impressed with the amount of hard work, time, effort and determination put into writing this book. I have the highest levels of respect for both Wright and Hope. I have yet to write anything remotely this explosive, so I can only imagine...
  • 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...
  • Hdspce
    Oct 13, 2018
    This book is about the biggest kleptocracy the world has ever seen. Billions of dollars siphoned from the small economy of Malaysia (and more from loans guaranteed by the country) into fake bank accounts established in tax havens, eventually reaching the pockets of a select few, amongs...
  • Jee Hooked On Bookz
    Oct 18, 2018
    He took the mickey out of everyone. He lied, scanned, bought favors to get favors, and isn't stopping. This wanted fugitive is still at it. This book is well-written and thoroughly researched. A must-read! Full review here: https://bit.ly/2yPIsye ...