Billion Dollar Whale 1MDB True Crime Fiction Book

You all should read this modern day heist book Billion Dollar Whale. About how a 27-year-old Wharton fresh graduate with no working experience from Penang, Jho Low, able to steal USD5 billion from his Malaysian government in broad daylight, and get away with it for years.

Tom Wright, showing his Billion Dollar Whale he co-authored.

This book Billion Dollar Whale is a detailed result of three years of research into the amazing life of Jho Low. Interviewed more than one hundred individuals eg: well-known senior govt officials, playboy playmates, in more than a dozen countries from Willemstad, Curacao to Shanghai, China. Reviewed tens on thousands of documents, backed by photographs, videos, confidential investigative documents and financial records.



Las Vegas, November 3–4, 2012

        Around 6 p.m. on a warm, cloudless November night, Pras Michél, a former member of the nineties hip-hop trio the Fugees, approached one of the Chairman Suites on the fifth floor of the Palazzo hotel. Pras knocked and the door opened, revealing a rotund man, dressed in a black tuxedo, who flashed a warm smile. The man, glowing slightly with perspiration, was known to his friends as Jho Low, and he spoke in the soft-voiced lilt common to Malaysians. "Here's my boy" Low said, embracing the rapper.

        The Chairman Suites, at $25,000 per night, were the most opulent the Palazzo had to offer, with a pool terrace overlooking the Strip, and a modern white interior, including a karaoke room with wraparound sofas and padded walls. But the host didn't plan to spend much time in the room tonight; Low had a much grander celebration in store for his thirty-first birthday. This was just the preparty for his inner circle, who had jetted in from across the globe. Guzzling champagne, the guests, an eclectic mix of celebrities and hangers-on, buzzed around Low, as more people arrived. Swizz Beatz, the hip-hop producer and husband of Alicia Keys, conversed animatedly with Low. At one point, Leonardo DiCaprio arrived alongside Benicio Del Toro to talk to Low about some film ideas.

        What did the guests make of their host? To many at the gathering, Low cut a mysterious figure. Hailing from Malaysia, a small Southeast Asian country that many Westerners would struggle to pinpoint on a map, Low's round face was still boyish, with glasses, red cheeks, and barely a hint of facial hair. His unremarkable appearance was matched by an awkwardness and lack of ease in conversation, which the beautiful women around Low took to be shyness. Polite and courteous, he never seemed fully in the moment, often cutting short a conversation to take a call on one of his half a dozen cell phones.

        But despite Low's unassuming appearance, word was that he was loaded--maybe a billionaire. Guests murmured to each other that just months earlier, Low's company had acquired a stake in EMI Music Publishing, and there was speculation that he was the money behind DiCaprio's latest movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, which was still filming. ....

Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope
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Chapter 1. Fake Photos
Chapter 2. Asian Great Gatsby
Chapter 3. Win Tons of Money
Chapter 4. We're Going to Need a Bigger Van
Chapter 5. A Nice Toy
Chapter 6. Doctor Leissner, I Presume
Chapter 7. Saudi "Royalty" (The First Heist)
Chapter 8. Hitting a Gold Mine
Chapter 9. "I Feel the Earth Move"

Chapter 10. An Evening with the Playmates
Chapter 11. Raining Cristal
Chapter 12. How to Spend a Billion
Chapter 13. Where's Our Money?
Chapter 14. Roll the Presses
Chapter 15. Welcome to New York
Chapter 16. Shitty, Junk Products
Chapter 17. My Good Friend, Leo
Chapter 18. Two-Million-Euro Bottle Parade
Chapter 19. "Keep Your Nonsense to Yourself"
Chapter 20. Belfort Smells a Scam
Chapter 21. Bitter Severance
Chapter 22. Penthouse with a View
Chapter 23. Switzerland of the East
Chapter 24. Brazen Sky
Chapter 25. Goldman and the Sheikh (The Second Heist)
Chapter 26. Bilking the State

Chapter 27. Making Busta His Bitch
Chapter 28. All the Wealth in the World
Chapter 29. Mystique of the Orient
Chapter 30. "681 American Pies" (The Third Heist)
Chapter 31. Art No One Can See
Chapter 32. Jewelers and Bankers
Chapter 33. Bona Fide Business
Chapter 34. 140 Gigabytes
Chapter 35. Leo's Wall Street Indictment
Chapter 36. The Oval Office
Chapter 37. Size Matters
Chapter 38. Losing Control

Chapter 39. "No Cash. No Deal."
Chapter 40. Generous Jho
Chapter 41. Sacks of Money
Chapter 42. The Exposé
Chapter 43. Buttocks in a G-String
Chapter 44. Strongman Najib

Chapter 45. Prosecutor in an Oil Drum
Chapter 46. Special Agent Bill McMurry
Chapter 47. Partying on the Run
Chapter 48. China Connection
Chapter 49. Glass Half Full
Chapter 50. White-Collar Crime
Chapter 51. King Khadem Falls

Low Taek Jho, "Jho Low".
Low Taek Szen, "Szen Low" his older brother.
Low May-Lin, his older sister.
Goh Gaik Ewe, his mother.
Low Hock Peng, "Larry Low" his father.
Jesselynn Chuan Teik Ying, Jho Low's girlfriend.

Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, legal counsel at 1Malaysia Development, or 1MDB, a Malaysian state investment fund.
Casey Tang Keng Chee, 1MDB's executive director.
Seet Li Lin, Wharton friend and vice president of Jynwel Capital, Low’s Hong Kong firm.
Eric Tan, "Fat Eric" party boy and Low associate.
Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, 1MDB's investment director.
Hamad Al Wazzan, Kuwaiti friend.

Najib Razak, Malaysia's prime minister.
Rosmah Mansor, Najib's wife.
Riza Aziz, Rosmah's son by an earlier marriage; cofounder of Red Granite Pictures.
Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister and Najib nemesis.
Anwar Ibrahim, opposition leader.

Timothy Leissner, chairman, Southeast Asia.
Andrea Vella, head of Goldman's structured finance business in Asia; later cohead of investment banking, Asia.
Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive.
Gary Cohn, president.

Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Al Saud, cofounder.
Tarek Obaid, cofounder and chief executive officer.
Nawaf Obaid, Tarek's brother.
Patrick Mahony, chief investment officer.
Xavier Justo, head of London office.

Khadem Al Qubaisi, managing director, IPIC.
Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the United States.
Mohamed Badawy Al Husseiny, chief executive, Aabar Investments.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of Sheikh Mohammed and chairman of IPIC.
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, chief executive of Mubadala Development.

Hanspeter Brunner, chief executive, Asia.
Yak Yew Chee, chief relationship banker for Jho Low and 1MDB.
Yeo Jiawei, a wealth management banker who leaves to work for Jho Low.
Kevin Swampillai, head of wealth management.

Cheah Tek Kuang, chief executive.
Joanna Yu, banker handling Prime Minister Najib Razak's accounts.

Eduardo Leemann, chief executive.

Joey McFarland, friend of Low's; cofounder of Red Granite Pictures.
Paris Hilton, socialite.
Leonardo DiCaprio, actor.
Jamie Foxx, actor, musician.
Kasseem Dean, "Swizz Beatz," husband of Alicia Keys, music producer.
Busta Rhymes, musician.
Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, owners of the Strategic Hospitality Group nightclub empire.
Miranda Kerr, model.
Prakazrel Samuel Michél, "Pras" musician.
Kate Upton, model.
Martin Scorsese, director.
Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese musician and sometime Low girlfriend.
Nicole Scherzinger, musician.

Clare Rewcastle-Brown, founder of Sarawak Report.
Tong Kooi Ong, owner of the Edge.
Ho Kay Tat, publisher of the Edge.
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
William "Bill" McMurry, head of international corruption squad, New York.
Robert Heuchling, lead FBI agent on the 1MDB case.
Justin McNair, FBI agent and forensic accountant on the case.

The Wall Street Journal's co-authors of Billion Dollar Whale came out with this book to show in detail how Jho Low did it, what drove him, and how he got away with it for so long. Also in larger sense about capitalism and inequality, told as a would be enduring value through the life of Jho Low.

Jho Low not a genius, he just never gives up.


Photos credit: AwaniReview, HachetteBooks.

Critics on Billion Dollar Whale; Extraordinary, true life thriller, modern Gatsby, must read, epic tale.
Photos (some of it) inside Billion Dollar Whale. 

It looks like DailyMail got perfect summarize description on this book Billion Dollar Whale starts selling in Europe starting November 2018. Anchor even quoted a phrase by Jordan Belfort the real Wolf of Wallstreet himself saying "Wow these guys are scamsters. Nobody would spend their own money like this".

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