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Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
The Inside Story of Jho Low and the 1MDB Scandal

Speaker:

Tom Wright

Moderator:

Erin Hale

Date:

8 November 2018 (Thursday)

Time:

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Venue:

Multi-purpose Zone, Level 3, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong

Language:

English

   

 

 

About the Speaker

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Tom Wright was one of the first journalists to arrive at the scene of the raid in which Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. In 2013, he spearheaded coverage of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, which killed over 1,000 people, earning the Wall Street Journal a Sigma Delta Chi award from The Society of Professional Journalists. He is a Pulitzer finalist, a Loeb winner, and has garnered numerous awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia, which in 2016 named him “Journalist of the Year.” He speaks English, Malay, French and Italian1.

1 https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/tom-wright/billion-dollar-whale/9780316436502/

 

About the Book

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The definitive inside account of the 1MDB scandal, “a true life thriller” (Ben Mezrich) about a “modern Gatsby” who managed to swindle over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others–a “must read” (Booklist) “epic tale” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) that exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics from two award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters.

In 2009, with the dust yet to settle on the financial crisis, a baby-faced, seemingly mild-mannered Wharton grad began setting in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude–one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. His name is Jho Low, a man whose behavior was so preposterous he might seem made up.

An epic true-tale of hubris and greed, Billion Dollar Whale reveals how this young social climber pulled off one of the biggest heists in history–right under the nose of the global financial industry. Federal agents who helped unravel Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme say the 1MDB affair will become the textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age–and its fallout is already being credited for taking down the prime minister of Malaysia.

For readers of Liar’s Poker, Den of Thieves, and Bad Blood, Billion Dollar Whale will become a classic, harrowing parable about finance run amok.

 

About the Moderator

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Erin Hale is a freelance journalist and teaching assistant at the University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Centre. She has previous experience reporting on Southeast Asia and currently writes about Hong Kong and China.