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Steve Wynn, Chinese Agent

The Justice Department has just sued Stephen Wynn, the American casino mogul, for failing to register as an agent of China's government. Sounds confusing? Well, let us walk you through this complicated (and bonkers) matter. The story starts with Jho Low, the fugitive Malaysian fraudster (of course it does!). Back

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Non-Fiction Friday: Books to Read

With the weekend bearing down, here are some great new nonfiction book recommendations for you, dear reader. I'm starting off with Dead in the Water, which is part whodunnit and part investigation into the dark recesses of shipping. In the masterful hands of Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel, journalists from

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I, Roman

In recent weeks, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we’ve had a real-time lesson in the near impossibility of getting a solid handle on the net worth of the uber rich. It’s time, dear readers, to turn to Roman Abramovich for our Brazen Rich List.

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Crypto Savant Makes Rich List

For our Brazen Rich List this week, we’re delving back into crypto. If you’re looking to survey undercounted wealth, there really is no better place to search than this new and fast-growing industry. So far, Changpeng Zhao, or CZ, the founder of crypto-trading platform Binance, is top of

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CRAFT: The Ambassador

Kirk Wagar's career path has taken some interesting detours. Het set up his own law firm in Miami in the 1990s and has been involved in Democratic politics for over thirty years, acting as Florida Finance Chairman for President Obama's two election victories. In 2013, Obama appointed him as ambassador

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What Did Goldman Know? Part II

As the criminal trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker continues this week in New York, a key question is on everyone's lips: What did Goldman's senior ranks know about the involvement of Jho Low, a fugitive Malaysian businessman, in the 1MDB investment fund? A former senior Goldman legal executive,

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Where's Abramovich's 787 Dreamliner?

The UK sanctioned Roman Abramovich’s assets on Thursday, including Chelsea football club. Other of the Russian tycoon’s possessions, though, are harder to get hold of, including his spanking-new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Only around eight to ten people on the planet privately own a Boeing 787, according to a

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5 Books: How the World Really Works

At Project Brazen, we love books that take you inside a world, profiling the players who hold unusual power. Sometimes you've heard of these people. But often they're surprisingly unknown. So we've compiled five books that pull back the curtain on centers of influence, whether in entertainment, business or politics.

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CRAFT: The Negotiator

This week, Whale Hunting talks to Daniel Levin, who spends his days negotiating behind the scenes to free hostages or engaging quietly with Middle Eastern governments to seek political settlements (what's known as track 3 diplomacy). In this interview, I probed Daniel about the skills he's honed over the years