Why thieves and crooks now rule the world

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Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How To Take It Back by Oliver Bullough

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world.

Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasnt much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice.

And then some bankers in London had a bright idea.

Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, undermining the foundations of Western stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business no matter how corrupt and dangerous the customer. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.

This is the story of wealth and power in the 21st century. It isnt too late to change it.

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Who Owns The World?

Oliver Bullough follows the trail of the filthy rich in this compelling study of global wealth and corruption.
Oliver Bullough

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How To Take It Back

This meticulously researched and fantastically disturbing book is effectively the global version of that tour. There are , properties owned offshore in England and Wales. As he gathers knowledge about some of them, Bullough finds himself in a kind of permanent alternative reality. The place I get my hair cut is owned in Gibraltar. A building site on my way to the train station is owned in the Isle of Man. He begins in Ukraine, before the revolution, at the presidential palaces of Viktor Yanukovych, which after his overthrow became a ghoulish tourist attraction, a glimpse behind the gold-encrusted doors of the new world order.

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If he kept stealing after that, the money would just build up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it or it was eaten by mice. Offshore finance changes that. If you steal money, you no longer have to hide it in a safe where the mice can get at it. Instead you stash it in a magic box, which spirits it away at the touch of a button, out of the country, to any destination you choose. If they want a house, they can send the money to New York or London. The damage this does to the countries that lose the money is clear.

Because in , some bankers in London had an idea that changed the world. It meant that, for the first time, thieves could dream big. They could take everything. Join investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into the hidden world of the new global kleptocrats. See the poor countries where public money is stolen and the rich ones where it is laundered and invested. Watch the crooks at work and at play, and meet their respectable, white-collar enablers.

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world. Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn't much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept steal. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

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