Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Tom Wright is an award-winning investigative journalist and a new media entrepreneur. He is the co-author of Billion Dollar Whale, one of the most highly acclaimed business books of the past decade and co-founder of Project Brazen.

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Tom Wright's Biography

Tom Wright is one of the world's finest investigative journalists. His achievements in the field were recognised when he was awarded the Shorenstein Journalism Award in 2021. Even before the global success of Billion Dollar Whale, Wright made a name for himself reporting from Asia's grittiest corners and fearlessly uncovering various corruption scandals.

Wright started his career at the Wall Street Journal where he notably served as the Pakistan correspondent during a period of escalating US tensions, culminating in the dramatic killing of Osama Bin Laden. Wright was one of the first on the scene following the Navy SEAL ambush.

In 2013 Wright moved to Hong Kong as the paper's Asia Economics Editor. There, he and his colleague Bradley Hope, exposed one of southeast Asia's greatest scandals. They discovered the supposed Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), was nothing more than a slush fund for Prime Minister Najib Razak and his cronies. The financial deception was instigated by a charismatic chancer called Jho Low and involved various other high-profile Malaysian officials. The scandal even reached Hollywood with Jho Low funding the The Wolf of Wall Street through embezzled funds earmarked for national development projects.

Wright and Hope co-authored Billion Dollar Whale, a comprehensive account of of the scandal, focusing on Low as the protagnoist and exposing the extravagant lifestyle he funded with the stolen billions.

In 2020 Wright moved to Singapore and co-founded Project Brazen, a studio dedicated to producing journalism-driven content. It has already produced several notable hits including 9 part podcast Fat Leonard, which delves into a military contractor's corrupt dealings with the US Navy. Wright's more recent work, Crypto Kingpins, explores the rivalry between Sam Bankman-Fried and Changpeng Zao, which led to FTX's downfall and Bankman-Fried's conviction.

Project Brazen continues to produce engaging podcasts and projects like Corinna and the King, a tale of conspiracy and corruption in the Spanish royal family, and Dynamite Doug, which recounts the exploits of Cambodian art thief Douglas Latchford. Several of these stories are already being adapted for television or film. It's a testament to Wright's impactful storytelling and commercial instinct for hit stories.

Tom Wright currently lives in Singapore with his wife and 2 children. When not writing, investigating or in the studio, you will find him doing laps of the island on a smart racing bike.

Books

Billion Dollar Whale Book by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope - CWG Speakers

Billion Dollar Whale

The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World

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