The Billionaire's Apprentice

Published: Aug 28, 2014

The financial markets generate a lot of number on a per second basis. There are people who have made it a profession to convert this information into trends, buy-sell signals, charts and pivot tables. Over the last 18 years of financial journalism, I have realised that every number has a story to tell. And these numbers as a trend normally never lie. I am forever looking for these trends.

It is not easy to write books on finance that read like a Robert Ludlum thriller; especially, when it is about the real world. Anita Raghavan’s The Billionaire’s Apprentice is the non-fiction finance thriller of the year. The book deals with the collapse of the Galleon Group, a $7 billion hedge fund managed by Raj Rajaratnam where Rajat Gupta, an ex-McKinsey director, passed him sensitive information. Sanjay Wadhwa of the SEC and prosecutor Preet Bharara went after these guys and prosecuted them. This is a known story.

This book deals with insider trading in the stock markets. What Raghavan has captured in her book is a complete picture of the successful South Asian diaspora in the United States of America. It is a chaser of a novel that moves from the streets of Calcutta into the high walls of McKinsey’s office in New York. At one level, it is also a classic case of investigative journalism and great detailing that we rarely get to read.  

So, if you think The Wolf of Wall Street was everything evil in the financial markets, then you must read The Billionaire’s Apprentice. It lays bare the greed and ambition in a far-off land where some Indians and a Sri Lankan took the entire US financial system for a ride, and how it took two other Indians to nail them.

Raghavan leaves you with respect for the old-fashioned journalistic virtues of determination, perseverance, an eye for detail, and most importantly, a desire to lay the truth out in the public eye.


Name: The Billionaire’s Apprentice  
Author:
Anita Raghavan  
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 499
Pages: 491

(This story appears in the 05 September, 2014 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Shreeharsha

    Might nice... What a terrific book .. I have bought it 4-5 months back. It just took 15 days to complete it. Its brilliantly written. 400 bucks of my money is really well spent.. Way to to go anita...

    on Aug 29, 2014
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