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, with the aid of goldman Sachs and others, Low, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund--right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs.
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World #ad - . 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. Department of Justice continued its investigation. 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, low had become an international fugitive, with his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities and facing criminal charges in Malaysia and in the United States, even as the U. S.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley StartupKnopf #ad - New york times best seller • named one of the best books of the year by: npr, washington post • the mckinsey business book of the year The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, The New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Time, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, ruined family relationships, magazine cover stories, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion. Bill gates in 2014, theranos founder and ceo elizabeth holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup #ad - There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. Backed by investors such as larry ellison and tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk RoadPortfolio #ad - New york times bestseller. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. But it’s all too real.
Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself—including ordering a hit on a former employee. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold.
. Spurred by a public outcry, no witnesses, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, and no clear jurisdiction. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction.
All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. As ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone—not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers—could buy and sell contraband detection-free.
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road #ad - The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it In 2011, hacking software, counterfeit cash, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything—drugs, forged passports, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye.
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall StreetRandom House #ad - Everyone should read this book. David grann, author of killers of the flower moon one of the best books of the year—the new york times and the Economist • Finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism The hedge fund industry changed Wall Street.
. Its pioneers didn’t lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. New york times bestseller • “an essential exposé of our times—a work that reveals the deep rot in our financial system. Stewart’s den of thieves, sheelah Kolhatkar’s thrilling Black Edge should be next on your reading list.
The wall street Journal “Excellent. The economist “A true-life thriller with Shakespearian stakes. Longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal for excellence in Nonfiction and the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award “A modern version of Moby-Dick, with wiretaps rather than harpoons.
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street #ad - Jennifer senior, the new york Times “If you liked James B. Black edge is a riveting legal thriller that raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of high finance and how they have reshaped the economy. Rather, they made their billions through financial speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than not.
But that image was shattered when his fund, SAC Capital, became the target of a seven-year government investigation.
The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in HistoryCustom House #ad - Short-listed for the financial times business book of the yearthe wall street journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.
In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries.
The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History #ad - Among the motley crew was a french trader nicknamed “gollum”; the broker “abbo, ” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose.
Eventually known as the “spider network, ” Hayes’s circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. Praised as reading “like a fast-paced john le carré thriller” new york times, “compelling” Washington Post and “jaw-dropping” Financial Times, The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was warped and shady throughout.
Tom hayes, became the lynchpin of shadowy team that used hook and crook to take over the process and set rates that made them a fortune, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, no matter the cost to others.
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for JusticeSimon & Schuster #ad - Bill browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. New york times bestseller the book that explains why russians wanted to meet with the trump campaiGN “Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.
The new york times “red notice does for investing in russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and also the story of how, and a political crusade, without intending to, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, he found meaning in his life.
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice #ad - Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans. That changed Browder forever. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” Fortune.
This is a story about an accidental activist. His russian lawyer sergei magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it.
Super Pumped: The Battle for UberW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Isaac recounts uber’s pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company’s toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world.
New york times and wall street journal bestsellera new York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time. In june 2017, the hard-charging ceo of uber, Travis Kalanick, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant.
With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO. Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former uber employees, obscene wealth, along with previously unpublished documents, Super Pumped is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber #ad - A near instant “unicorn, ” uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant. What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.
Award-winning new york times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley.
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of EnronPortfolio #ad - Today, enron is the biggest business story of our time, and Fortune senior writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind are the new Woodward and Bernstein. Remarkably, it was just two years ago that Enron was thought to epitomize a great New Economy company, with its skyrocketing profits and share price. But that was before fortune published an article by McLean that asked a seemingly innocent question: How exactly does Enron make money? From that point on, Enron's house of cards began to crumble.
Drawing on a wide range of unique sources, the book follows Enron's rise from obscurity to the top of the business world to its disastrous demise. Now, mclean and elkind have investigated much deeper, to offer the definitive book about the Enron scandal and the fascinating people behind it. Meticulously researched and character driven, Smartest Guys in the Room takes the reader deep into Enron's past—and behind the closed doors of private meetings.
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron #ad - It reveals as never before major characters such as Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow, as well as lesser known players like Cliff Baxter and Rebecca Mark. And thirty years later, if you're going to read only one book on Watergate, that's still the one. Smartest guys in the room is a story of greed, arrogance, and deceit—a microcosm of all that is wrong with American business today.
There were dozens of books about watergate, but only All the President's Men gave readers the full story, with all the drama and nuance and exclusive reporting. Above all, it's a fascinating human drama that will prove to be the authoritative account of the Enron scandal.
Den of ThievesSimon & Schuster #ad - Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties’ biggest names on wall street—Michael Milken, and Dennis Levine —created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America’s most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice.
. A #1 bestseller from coast to coast, den of thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice. Pulitzer prize–winner James B. Based on secret grand jury transcripts, and actual trading records, interviews, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this paperback edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative—a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.
Liar's Poker Norton PaperbackW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The time was the 1980s. During the next three years, lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business.
The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael lewis was fresh out of princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. The place was Wall Street. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, gluttony, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, and outrageous fortune.
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of ExcellenceAvid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster #ad - He’s the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century’s version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China. New york times bestseller from blackstone chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman’s simple mantra “don’t lose money” has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally.
. He uses the skills learned over a lifetime in finance to design, establish, and support impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. In philanthropy, he is drawn to situations where his capital and energy can be applied to drive transformative solutions and change paradigms, as in business, notably in education.
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence #ad - He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution. He’s the ceo whose views are sought by heads of state. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk.
He’s the man who took $400, 000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion as of January 2019. From deal making to investing, risk and opportunities, leadership to entrepreneurship, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, philanthropy to diplomacy, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence.
His grades and athleticism got him into Yale.