When he made an appearance on CNN's current affair talk show 'Fareed Zakaria Global Public Square (GPS)', Microsoft founder Bill Gates had 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) in mind
"It's a sad story of corruption in international finance but fascinating," Gates said of the book chronicling the 1MDB scandal by Wall Street Journal's Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.
"A wonderful read. Very quick and thrilling," he said, before comparing it to 'Bad Blood', a book by John Carreyrou about multibillion-dollar biotech startup Theranos.
According to the philanthropist's Goodreads profile, he started reading Billion Dollar Whale on 26 January and completed it in two days.
Soon after, Wright posted a video of the interview with Gates on Instagram and thanked the Microsoft founder for his support.
According to Wright, Gates' recommendation single-handedly caused sales of the book to skyrocket in a day
'Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World' was released in Malaysia on 13 September. Find out more about the best-seller here: