Money Men: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth
'A rollercoaster read that reveals everything that's wrong with our financial system' Catherine Belton, author of Putin's People
'The financial investigation of the decade... Money Men instantly enters the canon of great financial crime books' Bradley Hope, author of The Billion Dollar Whale
'A rip-roaring ride into the underworld of the global economy' Tom Burgis, author of Kleptopia
This is the stranger-than-fiction story of Wirecard, once a $30 billion tech darling, now a smouldering wreck, by the journalist who brought it crashing down - perfect for those who loved Bad Blood and Empire of Pain.
When journalist Dan McCrum followed a tip to investigate the hot new tech company challenging Silicon Valley, everything about Wirecard looked a little too good to be true: offices were sprouting up around the world, it was reporting runaway growth and the CEO even wore a black turtleneck in tribute to Steve Jobs. In the space of a few short years, the company had come from nowhere to overtake industry giants like Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank on the stock market.
As McCrum dug deeper, he encountered a story stranger and more dangerous than he ever imagined: a world of short sellers and whistleblowers, pornographers and private militias, hackers and spies. Before long he realised that he wasn't the only one in pursuit. Shadowy figures were following him through the streets of London, high-flying lawyers were sending ominous letters to his boss, and he was named as the prime suspect in a criminal inquiry. The race was on to prove his suspicions and clear his name.
Money Men is the astonishing true story of Wirecard's multi-billion-dollar fraud, Europe's biggest new tech darling revealed as a house of cards.
Uncovering fake bank accounts, fake offices and possibly even a fake death, McCrum offers a searing exposé that will finally lay bare the truth.
Now adapted as the Netflix documentary Skandal!
'Required reading' The Economist
'A cross between the Enron scandal and Rosemary's Baby' John Lanchester, London Review of Books
'Reads like a crime drama' New Statesman
'The culmination of years of careful investigative work... Gripping' Evening Standard
'A thrilling, head-spinning book' Irish Times
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