175 countries, four billion dollars, one scam: the thrilling rise and fall of the biggest cryptocurrency con in history
We welcome Jamie Bartlett, investigative journalist and author as our after dinner speaker; Jamie will describe how he’s uncovered, podcasted and written on what Fortune was left asking, “Is OneCoin the biggest financial fraud in history?”
The greatest Ponzi scheme on earth?
Jamie Bartlett will talk about his new book The Missing Cryptoqueen, about the biggest crypto-scam of all time, OneCoin. The Missing Cryptoqueen uncovers the truth about how OneCoin drew in a million investors who’d invested €4bn into a cryptocurrency that didn’t exist – and what happened to its mysterious founder, Dr Ruja Ignatova.
Join us at the Real Time Club to hear more – and to ask difficult questions – on the deep and dark underside of the internet.
About Our Speaker
Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net (named a best book of the year by NPR and the Washington Post), Radicals, and The People Vs Tech, which was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos and regularly writes on technology and society for the Spectator, the Sunday Times and elsewhere.
In 2017, Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. His TedTalk about dark net drugs markets has been watched nearly six million times. In 2019 his critically acclaimed BBC podcast series, The Missing Cryptoqueen, reached number 1 on the iTunes charts, and has been downloaded millions of times.