Billion Dollar Whale is so far-fetched that it seems like it should be a fiction book, but it is actually a true story. The book tells the story of Jho Low, a Malaysian “businessman” who stole billions of dollars from the citizens of Malaysia. Jho Low’s story is so interesting because it shows how with powerful connections (such as the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak), a persuasive personality, and relentless connections, almost anything in the world is possible.
For most people, it would seem inconceivable that you could steal billions of dollars and not get caught for over a decade. After reading the book though, you will see how Jho Low used fake companies, shell companies, money laundering, and plenty of other financial tricks to have almost unlimited capital in his personal bank account. He was able to achieve all of this with the help of Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, KPMG, and many other huge corporations whose responsibility it should be to stop these sort of frauds.
Low used his money to throw some of the most decadent parties in the entire world, and get into the inner circles of celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Miranda Kerr, etc. It is incredible that Jho Low was able to stay out of the public eye even while doing some of the most outlandish stunts and partying with some of the most recognizable people in the world. This is a story that has to be read in order to be believed, and the authors do an incredible job of detailing all of Low’s life.
By the time you finish this book, you will have a full understanding of one of the most incredible frauds in history. It may also change the way you view celebrities, money, politics, and the financial world as a whole.
Billion Dollar Whale Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!