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Author: Bradley Hope, Tom Wright Narrator: Will Collyer Publisher: Hachette Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781478948001
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Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).

Now a #1 international bestseller, BILLION DOLLAR WHALE is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.

In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude--one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund--right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street.

By early 2019, with his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities and facing criminal charges in Malaysia and in the United States, Low had become an international fugitive, even as the U.S. Department of Justice continued its investigation.

BILLION DOLLAR WHALE has joined the ranks of Liar's Poker, Den of Thieves, and Bad Blood as a classic harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the financial world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down The House
  • 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
  • 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 The Chickenshit Club
  • 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
  • An incredible story.... If you need some billionaires to despise--look no further than these charlatans. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit
  • 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 York Times bestselling author of Black Edge
  • 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. Kirkus
  • An amazing tale of greed.... juicy and entertaining. Library Journal (starred review)
  • 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)
  • 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. Booklist
  • 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
  • Gripping.... The heist of the century. Axios
  • I highly recommend this rip-roaring story of brazen fraud..., political corruption..., and investment-banker callousness. Adam Lashinsky, FORTUNE
  • “As Bad Blood is to biotech, Billion Dollar Whale is to international finance…a wonderful read…Thrilling.”

    Bill Gates

  • A Financial Times Best Book of 2018
  • A Fortune magazine Best Book of 2018
  • As Bad Blood is to biotech, Billion Dollar Whale is to international finance... a wonderful read... Thrilling. Bill Gates
  • 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. Peter Thal Larsen, Reuters
  • Compelling. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • 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"
  • A cracking read. Unreserved Media
  • An incredible story. [email protected]
  • One of the best business books in a long time. Brian Sullivan, CNBC
  • One of the most important books of 2018.
  • [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
  • “Global intrigue, financial crime, wealth porn, and absurdity…It almost seems made up. Still, anyone who has followed the news out of Malaysia will know that the story is all too real.”

    New Yorker

  • “A textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age.”

    New York Times

  • “Wall Street Journal reporters Wright and Hope tell the story of a massive international financial scandal they initially exposed in the newspaper in 2015, reporting that made them finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize…A strength of this account is the authors’ explication of how Malaysian culture and politics helped enable Low to carry out his schemes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Billion Dollar Whale proves once again that truth is stranger than fiction.”

    Gregory A. Coleman, retired FBI special agent

  • A Financial Times Best Book of the Year for 2018
  • A Fortune Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2018
  • A Variety Magazine Pick of 3 Books to Read If You Were Glued to the Elizabeth Holmes Documentary

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About the Author

Tom Wright is an author and practicing psychologist. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

About the Narrator

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.