Unraveling the Mystery of Abraaj — Simon Clark
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Millions of dollars went up in smoke ... When governments around the world trusted private equity firm Abraaj to use their money to fight poverty, they had no idea who they were dealing with. Their lack of due diligence would cost them. And The Wall Street Journal's Simon Clark sits down with Charles Mizrahi to unpack this financial scheme of epic proportions to see how it all unraveled.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Simon Clark (00:00:00)
  • Lofty Promises (00:02:55)
  • Elite Investors (00:6:14)
  • Red Flags (00:9:00)
  • Presumptuous Problem-Solvers (00:12:48)
  • Shady Behavior (00:17:00)
  • Unraveling the Mystery (00:23:29)
  • Worse Then Madoff (00:29:56)
  • Due Diligence (00:36:02) Humbling the Elite
  • To Be Continued (00:40:27)

Guest Bio:

Simon Clark is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author. He currently reports for The Wall Street Journal in London. His work examines the intersection of economic, political, and social spheres across the globe. Clark is widely-awarded for his journalistic work, and his latest book (below) is listed in the Economist’s Best Books of 2021.

Resources Mentioned:

The Key Man: The True Story of How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale



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