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 settl...
|Title||:||Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World Reviews
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 other stories, which are a feature of real-life. The focus is on Jho Low and some of the powerful people close to him. The discussion is almost completely about their crimes, interactions and high-lives. The presentation i ...more
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 description. This is someone whose manner is incompatible with the money that he has acquired so suddenly through unscrupulous means. And the obviousness did not go unnoticed, especially by people who have often rub shoulders ...more
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 was amazed at the extend of human greed that would make our future generations suffer, while the beneficiaries suffer no or minimal punishment.
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 some certainty that in both instances (Elizabeth Holmes’ pseudo-science in “Bad Blood” and Jho Low’s / Najib Razhak’s stolen billions in “Billion Dollar Whale”) the Journal has played a pivotal role in shining light on ...more
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 banking or finance industry.
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 till now.
The authors are WSJ reporters and it shows. The writing is clear and easy to follow, though nothing particularly memorable — the narrative propels forward more on the strength of the story than the narration. The ...more
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 is written in a kind of thriller way and before you know it, you've burned through 200 pages in a few hours. I had initially intended to read this book a bit later but when I read the first chapter just to get a fe ...more
"Bad Blood" meets "Crazy Rich Asians"