Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright

Billion Dollar Whale

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 settle on the global financial crisis in 2009 when an unlikely Wharton grad wa...

Details Billion Dollar Whale

TitleBillion Dollar Whale
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherHachette Books
GenreNonfiction, Business, History, Crime, True Crime, Biography

Reviews Billion Dollar Whale

  • Venky
    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 consistently wagers large amounts of money. High rollers often receive lavish “comps” from casinos to lure them onto the gambling floors, such as free private jet transfer...
  • Anas
    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, recognition and love (even if it is fake) through money. His acts, cowardly hiding behind without holding an official position in 1MDB undoubtedly shady, but not a problem...
  • Syahira Sharif
    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 contribute to this publication. But there has never have been a book that filled me with so much rage and disgust. Therefore, I shall not self-censor myself to the barrage of insults that I shall unleash. Because at this moment, I am too sober and too angry to be nice.Billion Dollar Whal...
  • Andrew Tollemache
    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 playing with stolen money was Jordan Belfort aka The Wolf of Wall Street. Ironically, Jho Low was the one who bankrolled the Leo DiCaprio movie about Belfort, "The ...
  • Taylor
    Wow! What great storytelling! Combined with master journalism... hard to beat!
  • Losh
    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 the number of long hours, and courage it must have taken to pen this.As an English major, there are parts where I feel could have been written better. Some section...
  • Wei Li
    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 so far to explaining the picture of that puzzle. The scandal was confusing because it involved multiple government officials, transfers, scams, banks, and auditors. The...
  • CK Koay
    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 that has been vividly retold in this grippingly well researched book. Told in a linear timeline, Hope and Wright brought clarity on how Jho Low built a progressively ...
  • Karthik Karunanithy
    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 wondering how did they achieve to write it in a way that is descriptive yet non judgemental. You'd almost think Najib was just an ultimate fool who kept trusting the w...
  • Surya
    What do you do when you are insecure about your tiny quiver bone? You swag it like a whale; using someone else's money while doing so and stroking gently all the other machos who are equally insecure about their quiver bones. Great journalistic insight into greed and how money can buy almost everything.
  • Timothy Teoh
    And so that's where all my tax money went. Jamie foxx is such a ho!
  • Tan Jiann Meng
    Very readable account which will get your blood boiling. Especially interesting for Malaysians because we've heard about 90% of the events, and it's fun to read about things which are familiar.