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This book explores the remarkable ascent of an obscure Saudi royal family to become the crown prince, making him the world's richest and most powerful man.

It is a compelling read: unbelievably lavish lives of the royals, power grabs, and court intrigues! MBS is depicted as enigmatic, aggressive, and determined. It's about how much Saudi has changed under him, though it does feel like the book is geared toward a Euro-American audience. The book sheds light on the corrupt practices of powerful individuals and companies, revealing the lengths they will go to maintain control over this valuable resource. A must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of politics, business, and power.… (more)
nadia.masood | 3 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
Extraordinary story about a Malaysian financier Jho Low who stole billions of dollars and threw staggering high profile parties with Leonardo Di Caprio and Paris Hilton. The money came from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund sanctioned by the Malaysian kleptocrat Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah who bought millions of dollars of jewellery at a time. All of this was enabled by Goldman Sachs earning vast fees and turning a blind eye.
Matt_B | 13 other reviews | Sep 24, 2023 |
The details of international banking flew over my head, but overall an extremely compelling read. The amount of research that went into this book must have been staggering, good on the authors and their research teams. Loved learning about the greed and hollywood celebrities and hopeful Jho Low and others are held accountable for this ridiculous amount of corruption and greed.
hskey | 13 other reviews | Apr 13, 2023 |
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Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope tells of one of the biggest financial heists in history. Misters Wright and Hope are Pulitzer-finalist Wall Street Journal, reporters.

Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman, and Wharton graduate, who has been accused of stealing $4.5 billion from the Malaysian state development fund. Mr. Low has managed to fool not only public and

Low is now a fugitive sought after by Interpol. He has been charged with offenses relating to money laundering in the US and Malaysia.

This book impeccably researched the scandal instigated by Malaysian businessman Jho Low in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The book describes how Low, together with ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak created a sovereign wealth fund that raised $10 billion. Eventually, half of the fund disappeared.

Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope tells of the scam, the scandal, and the tax oversights which allowed Low to take huge amounts of money and live the life many can only dream of. Ironically, while throwing a huge party celebrating the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, its protagonist Jordan Belfort, told his girlfriend that the only people who spend money so frivolously are those who stole it.
On second thought – maybe not ironic at all.

The most fascinating aspect of the book, for me, was how all the financial safeguards either failed or were ignored due to greed and the large amounts involved. It seems that all were blinded by Low’s audacity, and the celebrities he surrounded himself with (many paid to show up).

However, the book could be repetitive with many details which are retold several times. That is fine but seems to be overdone. The authors also tried to artificially insert a cliffhanger into the end of every chapter. That’s great if you’re doing a weekly series but there’s no need to do so in a book such as this.
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ZoharLaor | 13 other reviews | Mar 6, 2023 |



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