Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back – review

Oliver Bullough follows the trail of the filthy rich in this compelling, though not hopeful, study of global wealth and corruption

Along with his friend, the anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich, the journalist Oliver Bullough has recently been acting as a guide on London “Kleptocracy Tours”. Adapting the open-top bus principle, groups of sightseers are taken on a journey through the capital that showcases the north London mansion complexes owned by Russian oligarchs, the Eaton Square fantasies purchased by Middle Eastern political dynasties, the £100m apartments bought off-plan by corrupt African politicians and others who have extracted their billions in countries that have next to no financial accountability and have found ways to hide them in the luxurious square footage of Kensington and Belgravia.

This meticulously researched and fantastically disturbing book is effectively the global version of that tour. Bullough traces the ways in which, over the last ...