The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund : The Rise of the Indian - American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund
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    The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund : The Rise of the Indian - American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund (English, Paperback, Anita Raghavan)

    The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund : The Rise of the Indian - American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund  (English, Paperback, Anita Raghavan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Hachette India
    • ISBN: 9789350097366, 9350097362
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 512
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    “The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund” by Anita Raghavan reads as good as any thriller, so much so, that it actually makes you forget that it is non-fiction and actually happened.

    The book isn’t just about the fall of the Galleon Hedge fund or only about Rajat Gupta or Raj Rajaratnam or the insider trading that took place. It is also about South Asians and their will to make it big in the country of dreams – The United States of America. The sub-texts in the book are plenty, and Raghavan sure knows how to string them all together, without letting the main plot fall apart.

    Anita’s writing is direct and to the point. The chapters alternate giving a more humane angle to each of the parties involved. She doesn’t glorify them nor does she show them as villains. What she does is some brilliant documentation of events and what led to them being played out. There is no mincing of words or any attempt to hide facts, as the case should be in a book of this nature. Anita does not take sides and yet gives the reader a complete view of things. The cultural conditioning aspects of the scandal are also brought out quite well and with great understanding – maybe that’s why the background of each character had to be told at the beginning of the book in alternating chapters.

    “The Billionaire’s Apprentice” brings to light one of the biggest stories of our times in a well- researched manner.

     

    The Billionaire’$ Apprentice: The Rise Of The Indian-American Elite And The Fall Of The Galleon Hedge Fund is an engaging non-fiction book that covers the famous Rajaratnam-Gupta insider trading case, and analyses the South Asian background of these two men.

     

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    The Billionaire’$ Apprentice: The Rise Of The Indian-American Elite And The Fall Of The Galleon Hedge Fund, published in 2013, is a thrilling non-fiction book about illegal insider trading between two prominent South Asians.

    Raj Rajaratnam of Sri Lankan origin founded the Galleon Group hedge fund. He soon became a billionaire. Rajat Gupta became McKinsey & Company’s first foreign managing partner. Both these successful and powerful South Asians had made a name for themselves on Wall Street. However in 2011, both of them were convicted of multiple counts of securities fraud. Gupta had provided insider tips to Rajaratnam, who used this advantage to accumulate more than $7 billion in assets. Eventually Rajaratnam received an 11 year sentence, and Gupta got 2 years.

    The author covers the details of how these two men indulged in fraudulent business tactics, and ended up making a fortune. Rajaratnam’s was the first case ever in which the American prosecutors wiretapped telephone conversations to gather evidence against the defendant. The book brings to light the cultural aspects of this scam, including how immigrants form a strong network between themselves.

    This book is a mix of financial details with cultural analysis. Raghavan’s research is impeccable. She has used recorded telephonic conversations, court transcripts, and depositions to gather information. The Billionaire’$ Apprentice: The Rise Of The Indian-American Elite And The Fall Of The Galleon Hedge Fund showcases how easily illegal trafficking of inside information is disguised as legitimate research.

    About Anita Raghavan

    Anita Raghavan is an Indian-American journalist and author.

    She was born in Malaysia, and moved to America in 1970. Raghavan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, after which she worked at The Wall Street Journal for nearly two decades. She is the winner of the New York Press Club Award for her coverage of the near death of Long Term Capital, a hedge fund. She has also been the recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award for her reporting about the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe. She also writes for Forbes and New York Times Dealbook.

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      • Hachette India
    • Publication Year
      • 2013 June
    • Book Type
      • Non Fiction Book
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      • Anita Raghavan
    • Author Info
      • Anita Raghavan: 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 near death of the hedge fund Long-term Capital.
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    An Apprentice's Work

    If Anita Raghavan had avoided the needless detours, the book would have been taut and crispy. Also she seems to be in awe of a few of the characters she writes about and often lets her prejudices show. Informative, yes; but fails to hold your attention.
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    Venkatesan Iyengar

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    18 Jul, 2013

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    One of the best books i ever read...

    This is a very very good book. One of the best i ever read after a long time. This book clearly explains both the persons Rajat Gupta and Raj Rajratnam, in as detail manner as possible. It gives the reader a feel, as who the persons really are, how the events took place, the author is a person who is extremely in-depth in her writing. I really congratulate the author for bringing such a nice book.

    I usually don't read much books, and many books i leave it unfinished. But I read all Dan Brow...
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    Mahernoz

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    A Good Book - Definitely Worth a Read

    The Author briiliantly decribes The Lives of Rajat Gupta, Raj Rajnatnam, & Anil Kumar, it grips the Reader right from the begining and doesnt let go till the end.

    It is in every bit as gripping as any thriller you are likely to pick up. The Most fascinating part was the efforts put by the US Government and the FBI for cracking the case.

    This Book is Definitely Worth a Read !!! . A Must Read for Those Pursuing Management Courses !!!!!
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    Vinod Tiwari

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    15 Aug, 2013

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    Very interesting but too intricate

    Anita Raghavan has done a nice job of putting together the details in a way that the story builds like a Frederick Forsyth novel. Except that in some places the level of detail could have been curtailed. Also, while the book runs like a thriller, it fails to educate the reader about the working of the Hedge fund industry

    Overall an interesting read
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    Amit Sathe

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    18 Jul, 2013

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    The Billionaires apprentice

    Is a brilliant piece of work. Gives a detailed insight into the whole story of Rajat and Rajratnam saga. Absolute must read. It's just shows that a man of Rajat Guptas brilliance can falter in certain circumstances. The guy who came up the hard way, at some point can go astray and it's so difficult to believe it can happen to him. A nice depiction of how the IIT, IIMGrads strive to live the American dream, how the group network, and how greed can take over a person in ways unimaginable. It's ...
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    VISHWANATH

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    15 Jul, 2013

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    Excellent!

    Anita Raghavan has done a good job with this one. Well researched, this book lays out the entire process behind Galleon's downfall, and does so in simple, well written English. A brief history behind every person's life as the person progresses in the story makes the attention to detail very evident. Personal accounts from people, professional viewpoints about people, recorded documents etc. make this book a gripping tale about the inner ongoings of Wall Street.
    Thrown in here and there is a ...
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    Sheel Bhattacharjee

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    24 Apr, 2014

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    Destiny

    Who can betray destiny. This is the story of how Rajat, a young orphan became the big shot head of McKinsey. But fell into a nightmare later. At the end of book you will not be able to make out "was he really a victim or a culprit". That is something the author leaves on you.
    Must read for all the money guys.
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    ROHAN SINGH

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    23 Apr, 2014

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    Gripping & racy

    Nothing in the mostly insipid world of finance captures the public attention as cases of insider trading. This is so because the concept is so simple and has almost nothing to do with finance. it is almost like as exam paper leak. this happens, i guess, all the time. I felt that Rajat Gupta was a bit unlucky. The subject matter might have been boring to a non-finance/ non-business person, but the author made the subject into a racy novel.
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    anupam srivastava

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    16 Apr, 2014

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    Brilliant

    I am very pleased to read this book. It gives the glimpse how Indians are exceeding in every corner of the earth.
    be it good or not, when u do something u make the world listen to you, after watching catch me if you can and the wolf of wall street this book made realise how far people can think in context of making money.
    the writer has done her bit, the plot is well set and makes you completely focus on each and every character. she has done some very thorough research before making a bold a...
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    prakash

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    24 Mar, 2014

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    What a book!

    One of the best books I have read in recent times. It is long but you have a twist in the tail at the end that you should not miss. I am recommending it to everybody I meet
    In many ways it reminds me of Truman Capote's, "In cold blood" when the author attempts to explore the motivation of "evil". Please do read the last chapter, but only after you have read all that comes before
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