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I've always wondered how Indian-Americans came out of nowhere to become a force in the business establishment, The Billionaire's Apprentice explains that meteoric rise, but it is also a page-turning cops and robbers story set against the backdrops of Silicon Valley and Wall Street.

--Adam Lashinsky, bestselling author of Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired-and Secretive-Company Really Works



Thanks to author Anita Raghavan's intrepid reporting, The Billionaire's Apprentice combines the drama of the federal government unraveling an insider trading ring with the historical sweep of immigrants rising from nothing to the corridors of corporate power.

-- Bethany McLean, co-author of the bestsellers The Smartest Guys In the Room and All the Devils Are Here



Anita Raghavan's journalistic and writing skill comes through on every page of THE BILLIONAIRE'S APPRENTICE. I couldn't put it down; it's a true story that reads like a thriller.

--William D. Cohan, bestselling author of The Last Tycoons, House of Cards, and Money and Power

THE BILLIONAIRE'S APPRENTICE is that rare work of nonfiction that follows an ambitious hero as he climbs to the pinnacle of power inside the top boardrooms of corporate America, gets seduced, and falls in a spectacular insider trading scandal. This is a modern-day Greek tragedy that plays out among the upper echelons of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the global business elite. Doggedly reported and utterly compelling.

--Bryan Burrough, bestselling author of Barbarians at the Gateand The Big Rich



Raghavan excels with her account.... She provides an insightful account of South Asian immigration to the U.S. since the 1960s and shows how relations established in India's elite education system provided some of the ties that bound the conspirators together.

-- Kirkus

Through meticulous research, copious history, vivid characters, and entertaining prose, Raghavan weaves together many different worlds, eras, and personality types to deliver a compelling view of the multi-cultural politics of today's Wall Street.

-- Huffington Post


Riveting.

--Bloomberg


The best form of journalism, an early draft of history.

-- The New York Times Book Review


Anita Raghavan's 'The Billionaire's Apprentice,' [is] a riveting account of the takedown of Raj Rajaratnam...[Ms. Raghavan] has written a briskly paced account full of fascinating detail...this book deserves to be on the shelf of anyone lusting after a little Wall Street schadenfreude this summer.

-- WSJ


[a] deeply researched, fascinating and well-written book.

-- Financial Times


In "The Billionaire's Apprentice," Raghavan provides readers with the best account yet of Rajaratnam and his Indian American "mafia" - who they were, what they did and how they did it.

-- The Washington Post

About the Author

Anita Raghavan was born in Malaysia but came to the United States in 1970. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she spent eighteen years at the Wall Street Journal where she won the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe, and the New York Press Club award for her reporting on the the near death of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital. In 2008, she became the London Bureau Chief for Forbes. Currently she is a contributor to New York Times Dealbook and Forbes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1St Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455504025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455504022
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Srikumar S. Rao VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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This is not a novel but it is every bit as gripping as any thriller you are likely to pick up.

It was just a question of time before someone wrote a book about these historical business events and Anita Raghavan just happened to be the first. I am sure that there will be other books, possibly many other books but they will have a high bar to cross because Raghavan's book is so darn good - meticulously researched and compellingly written.

There is no doubt that the business events discussed are highly significant. The former head of the world's premier consulting firm, who was on the board of many blue chip firms including the pre-eminent financial juggernaut, freely giving privileged information to a shady hedge fund operator - this is not an everyday scenario. Or maybe it is but it was certainly a deep secret and no other comparable case has surfaced as yet.

This is an important business story by any yardstick. But there is a sub-text - many of the principals came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh so it also a story of South Asians and how they have risen from obscurity and hard-scrabble roots to the very top of establishment America. I am South Asian myself so this resonated deeply in a bitter sweet way. Yes, those convicted were South Asian, but so were those who prosecuted them and held them legally accountable for their transgressions. A true tale of immigrant progress.

Raj Rajaratnam, a scrappy Sri Lankan born trader, started a hedge fund called Galleon Group and built it into one of the world's biggest and most influential. He managed billions of dollars and became a billionaire himself. He also lived the high life with private jets flying important customers to choice Super Bowl seats and exotic paid ladies at orchestrated events.
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"The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and The Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund" by former Wall Street Journal reporter Anita Raghavan belongs in an elite category of Wall Street exposes that I call: "You Cannot Put It Down" - along with: James Stewart's - "Den of Thieves" (about Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken); Bryan Burrough & John Helyar's - "Barbarians at the Gate" (about the takeover of RJR Nabisco); Michael Lewis' - "Liars Poker" (about the trading culture at Salomon Brothers); William D. Cohan's - "House of Cards" (about the fall of Bear Stearns); and Lawrence McDonald's - "Colossal Failure of Common Sense" (the inside story of the death of Lehman Brothers). Trust me, that is good company; and, Raghavan's book has just been longlisted for the coveted "FT-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year".

The book is a thriller as the Feds move in on billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, owner of the Galleon Hedge Fund and his accomplice, the ultimate insider, Rajat Gupta - the first foreign born CEO of the prestigious management consulting firm: McKinsey. Raghavan masterfully weaves the rise and fall of the two within the context of the rise of the Indian-American elite - which includes the pair of insider traders' nemesis who nailed them: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York - Preet Bharara. The brazen insider trading of Rajaratnam is captured on wiretaps that are laid out in the book.

The book is particularly timely as Rajaratnam's "MO" of sucking insider information out of a network of sleazy intermediaries who insinuate themselves with corporate insiders is strikingly similar to the latest victim of Bharara - SAC Capital and "Stevie" Cohen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2013
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[ASIN:1455504025 The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund] This is a meticulously investigated and researched and imaginatively written book that takes us deep into the heart of insider trading on Wall Street. Featuring the rise of the South Asian community in the United States and the fall of the Galleon hedge fund, which took down two iconic figures and a colourful cast of supporting players drawn to insider trading in unexpected and strange ways, it can be read as a morality play on greed and akrasia. On the other side stand the antagonists, the unbending enforcers of the rule of law, who include key South Asian players with life stories as interesting as those of the law-breakers. I found the characterization of the main actors, and even of some of the bit players, strong and the depiction of varied motives persuasive. Several other themes, such as the Indian freedom struggle, talent, early hardship, hard work, and success, come together in a drama that has a startling ending. I won't spoil it for other readers by even hinting at what this might be. A very worthwhile read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T Schreiber on July 9, 2013
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Books about the wall street crooks are generally really good and really informative. This one is the best yet. The history of India that she lays out as the groundwork for the main characters is superb. The tension she builds is great story telling, the compassion for the characters and lack of judgement makes this a must read for anyone who wants to know what is going on on Wall Street!
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