This is the stranger-than-fiction story of Wirecard, once a $30 billion tech darling, now a smoldering wreck, by the journalist who brought it crashing down, for lovers ofBad BloodandThe Billion Dollar Whale.
When journalist Dan McCrum followed a tip to investigate the hot new tech company challenging Silicon Valley, everything about Wirecard looked a little too good to be true: offices were sprouting up around the world, it was reporting runaway growth and the CEO even wore a black turtleneck in tribute to Steve Jobs. In the space of a few short years, the company had come from nowhere to overtake industry giants like Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank on the stock market.
As McCrum dug deeper, he encountered a story stranger and more dangerous than he ever imagined: a world of short sellers and whistleblowers, pornographers and private militias, hackers and spies. Before long he realized that he wasn't the only one in pursuit. Shadowy figures were following him through the streets of London, high-flying lawyers were sending ominous letters to his boss, and he was named as the prime suspect in a criminal inquiry. The race was on to prove his suspicions and clear his name.
Money Men is the astonishing inside story of Wirecard's multi-billion-dollar fraud, Europe's biggest new tech darling revealed as a house of cards. Uncovering fake bank accounts, fake offices and possibly even a fake death, McCrum offers a searing exposé that will finally lay bare the truth.
About the Author
Dan McCrum is a multi-award winning journalist and author. He is a member of the Financial Times investigations team, and has spent 15 years writing about business from New York and London. His reporting has been recognized with more than a dozen prizes, including journalist of the year at the 2020 British Press Awards.
Dan got a taste for newsprint as a paper boy in North Devon. Before he became a writer he tried his hand at painting and decorating, selling kids books door to door, and investment banking. He lives in St Albans with his family.
'The financial investigation of the decade... Money Meninstantly enters the canon of great financial crime books' Bradley Hope, author of The Billion Dollar Whale
'A rip-roaring ride into the underworld of the global economy' Tom Burgis, author of Kleptopia
'Required reading' The Economist
'A cross between the Enron scandal and Rosemary's Baby' John Lanchester, London Review of Books
'Reads like a crime drama'New Statesman
'The culmination of years of careful investigative work... Gripping' Evening Standard
'A thrilling, head-spinning book'Irish Times
'A rollercoaster read that reveals everything that's wrong with our financial system' Catherine Belton