When asked for a book recommendation by CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a recently aired interview, Gates suggested "Billion Dollar Whale" by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.
"It's a sad story of corruption in international finance, but fascinating. As 'Bad Blood' is to biotech, 'Billion Dollar Whale' is to international finance," Gates says. "Bad Blood" by John Carreyrou, which Gates previously recommended, chronicles the rise and fall of blood-testing start-up Theranos.
"Billion Dollar Whale: The Man who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World," was released in September and tells the story of Malaysian businessman Jho Low, who CNBC previously described as being, "the mastermind of a multi-billion dollar financial scandal that involves a complex web of offshore shell companies, A-list celebrities, the Middle East and Wall Street."
For years, investigators have been digging into how funds were stolen from Malaysian state investment vehicle, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and used for lavish purchases including international real estate, super-yachts and to finance Hollywood movies. Low — the alleged fraudulent financier — is to believed to have controlled that capital, CNBC previously reported.