Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World


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), 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.


File Size

45353 KB

Page Count

401 pages

Publication Date

18 September 2018

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 3 reviews

  • Lady Christian

    Couldn’t stop reading it
    Every page boggles the mind as to how they manage to get away with the fraud. You come to understand that the elites control the banks and therefore control corruption to do what the hell they like.

    December 8, 2021
  • Dom

    Tale of greed and audaciousness
    A very interesting read. Corrupt people ultimately get found out but don’t always pay the full price of their dishonesty.

    December 8, 2021
  • Peter Brittain

    Great read
    One of the best books I have read!! Well written and researched. Mind boggling corruption on the largest scale imaginable.

    December 8, 2021

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