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Brought to you by Penguin.

175 countries, four billion dollars, one scam: the inside story of the world's biggest crypto con and the woman who got away with it.

In 2016, on stage at Wembley Arena in front of thousands of adoring fans, Dr Ruja Ignatova promised her followers a financial revolution. The future, she said, belonged to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. And the Oxford-educated, self-styled cryptoqueen vowed that she had invented the Bitcoin killer. OneCoin would not only earn its investors untold fortunes, it would change the world.

By March 2017, more than four billion dollars had been invested in OneCoin in dozens of countries, from the USA to Pakistan, Hong Kong to Yemen and the UK to Brazil. But by October 2017, Ruja Ignatova had disappeared, and it slowly became clear that her revolutionary cryptocurrency was not all it seemed.

In The Missing Cryptoqueen, Jamie Bartlett tells the unbelievable story of the rise, disappearance and fall of Dr Ruja Ignatova, setting out on a globe-crossing investigation into the criminal underworlds, corrupt governments and the super-rich. Along the way, he reveals a very modern tale of intrigue, techno-hype and herd madness that allowed OneCoin to become a million person pyramid scheme—where, at the top, investors were making millions and, at the bottom, people were putting their livelihoods at risk. It's the inside story of the smartest and biggest scam of the 21st century—and the genius behind it, who is still on the run.

©2022 Jamie Bartlett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Great story well told

A very complex story told in a very enjoyable and easy to listen to manner

Narration is one of the best I v heard

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lots of new information even if you have listened to the podcast and a great listen even if you haven't

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It’s ok but not mind blowing

Interesting and I liked how it was read. I enjoyed listening and it wasn’t a wasted credit but it was kind of a bit like a study of what went on. I thought it would be a bit More trashy and a bit more entertaining. I can’t criticise the book but I just wanted a bit More excitement.

I would recommend - just don’t expect to be blown away.

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Very interesting listen

Worth a listen if you liked the podcast! Very well researched and told. Where is Ruja?

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can't believe I've never heard of this story before now

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brilliant, excellent research, easy to follow and learnt so much about the whole world of fraud, cryptocurrency that I would recommend to a friend

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Excellent, loved it

Great story that I have never heard before. Shocking how she got away with it for so long.

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excellently read by the author

. many thanks for your in depth investigation into the crypto Queen more amazing than any bank robbery

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Really interesting

Even if you're not that interested in cryptocurrency general then this book is still a fascinating true story of deceit. Really enjoyed it and shines a great spotlight on one of the biggest scams of our lifetimes

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How on earth did Ruga get away with this?

I heard the original podcast by Jamie and Georgia on the BBC and to be honest couldn't get my head around how they got away with it. So many red (and amber) flags.
So I bought the audiobook and was intrigued as to the lower level of detail with clear detailed explanations from Mr B (that's Jamie).

All I want to say is, please listen to this absorbing piece of investigative journalism.