Guilty Goldman Banker Living Beverly Hills High Life
Leissner at The Restaurant at Mr. C

Guilty Goldman Banker Living Beverly Hills High Life

Tom Wright

We're pretty hard-boiled here at Whale Hunting. But this photo of Tim Leissner, a former Goldman partner who has admitted to stealing more than $200 million from Malaysian fund 1MDB, was surprising even to us.

Goldman bankers, including Leissner, helped oil the wheels of the (at least) $6 billion "Billion Dollar Whale" fraud, one of the largest financial scams in history. The bank in October 2020 agreed with the U.S. Justice Department to pay over $2.9 billion and its Malaysian unit pleaded guilty to a corruption charge.

But no senior Goldman executive has gone to jail.

And now, Leissner, a German who pleaded guilty over four-and-a-half years ago to money laundering and breaking anti-bribery laws, but is yet to be sentenced, appears to be enjoying the high life.

He was spotted recently at The Restaurant at Mr. C, a fine dining restaurant located near Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills (part of the Cipriani empire).

What was he doing there? And how in the world is this possible?

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