Do not know what to read for leisure? Now, here is a book recommendation from the longest-running richest man in the world − Bill Gates. Oddly enough − or not, the founder of Microsoft Corporation recommends the 1MDB scandal book “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World” written by Wall Street Journal reporters, Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.
Gates mentioned the book as his recommendation during an interview with the host of CNN’s Global Public Square, Zareed Fakaria.
Gates described the book as “a sad story of corruption and international finance but it is fascinating”. Gates also made a comparison with another book titled “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” written by French-American journalist, John Carreyrou, which he wrote a review on his blog. We can’t wait for your review on that Billion Dollar Whale, Mr Gates.
“If Bad Blood is to biotech, Billion Dollar Whale is to international finance.”
He said that Billion Dollar Whale is not as profound as other books, he could not deny that reading it was thrilling and that it was easy to read. Gates started reading the book on January 26 before finishing it in two days later, Malay Mail reported.
Shortly after the airring, co-author Tom Wright posted the segment of the interview video on his Instagram, thanking the multi-billionaire for reading his book.
Wright even posted the sales of his book soaring up after Gates’ endorsement.
If you have not heard what the Billion Dollar Whale entails, the book follows primarily the now-fugitive Low Taek Jho, a Malaysian financier who is friend with Hollywood celebrities and powerful figures around the world, including the Saudi royal family.
He is also known as the central figure of scandal who squandered money allegedly stolen from 1 MDB and showered gifts on models such as Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and among others.
As of now, Jho Low’s whereabouts is uncertain while the next central figure, former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s first trial of the billion-dollar scandal was delayed last week. Currently, he has 42 charges pressed against him in regards to money-laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power.
You can watch the clip of the CNN segment on the next page.