Best Non-Fiction Books to Read: Billion Dollar Whale (Tom Wright and Bradley Hope)

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


3 responses to “Best Non-Fiction Books to Read: Billion Dollar Whale (Tom Wright and Bradley Hope)”

  1. […] how exactly someone could have possibly gotten away with what Holmes did. Similar to JHo Low in Billion Dollar Whale, the feats are just so incredible that they sound made […]


  2. […] Billion Dollar Whale (A true story that is so outlandish it seems like a fiction book) […]


  3. […] I would define as investigative journalism. It is similar to other books I have recommended such as Billion Dollar Whale, Bad Blood, Kochland, […]


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