Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr and other Hollywood insiders got hooked into a Malaysian financier Jho Low’s billion-dollar deception, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.
Billion Dollar Whale chronicles what they characterize as one of the most daring corruption heists in history, one that just happened to involve a star-studded cast of Hollywood hotties. Published by Hachette in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 18th, the book is already creating shockwaves. (Low denies the allegations, and has since Hope and Wright began reporting the story in 2015. Their stories have long attempted to pin Low to billions of dollar worth of laundering via a variety of schemes through a Malaysian state fund).
For his 38thbirthday in 2012, The Wolf of Wall Street star was gifted a best actor Oscar statuette by Low. It belonged to Marlon Brando originally, and Low shelled out $600K for the golden trinket.
DiCaprio and Low became friends on Low’s dime, with the financier shelling out hundreds of thousands on parties to be close to the star, per BDW.
Hilton got to know Low in 2009, the year Low set up 1MDB as a state fund, according to BDW. Low started off by flying her via private jet to Whistler, and began to pay her $100K per event she attended at his behest. In 2010, he gave her a Cartier watch and $250K in gambling chips on her 29thbirthday.
One night, while partying in Saint-Tropez, Hilton opened and sprayed him with a $2.3 million bottle of Cristal champagne that he'd bought.
Recently split from Orlando Bloom, Kerr attended a party thrown by Low in 2014. They became romantically involved, and he gave her a $1.3 million diamond necklace on Valentine’s Day that year. For her 31stbirthday, he hired Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice to perform.
Other stars who got hooked by Low include Jamie Foxx, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes and Elva Hsiao.