After Bloomberg Businessweek revealed the details of the Leonardo DiCaprio FBI Investigation to understand the nature of his personal and professional partnership with Jho Low, New light has been shed on Leonardo DiCaprio’s relationship with a fugitive Malaysian businessman who’s wanted by international authorities in connection with a multibillion-dollar fraud scheme.
Bloomberg Businessweek reviewed previously undisclosed FBI documents detailing its grilling of the actor as the agency sought to understand the nature of his personal and professional partnership with Jho Low, the accused mastermind of a colossal scheme to fleece a sovereign wealth fund known as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, which has led to the conviction of the country’s former prime minister for money laundering and abuse of power. Low was charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2021 for pursuing a “back channel lobbying campaign” to drop the government’s 1MDB investigation. A fugitive for roughly eight years, Low is believed to be residing in China. An Interpol Red Notice was issued for his arrest in 2016.
An FBI special agent, an IRS investigator and three DOJ prosecutors interviewed DiCaprio in April 2018. After the latter met Low at a nightclub in 2010, they pursued various projects together, most notably The Wolf of Wall Street, in which DiCaprio starred and Low provided financing, with Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland producing. The pair also dreamed up a $1 billion fund for more films, a Warner Bros. theme park in Asia with rides based on the A-lister’s movies, plus an eco-friendly resort in Belize. Along the way, their social lives became entwined, with DiCaprio introducing Low to his friends as “my man” and Low calling DiCaprio “Ldogg.” (They each met the other’s mother.)
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