Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons. Compre o livro Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia na : confira as ofertas para por Joe Studwell ( Autor).

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Apr 22, Simon Hung rated it it was amazing. Branson and others got me convinced that getting the right idea at the right time and place, combined with all the right entrepreneurial zest are the only recipe for success. As if placing these Asian Godfathers inside a snow globe for all to observe, Joe Studwell has dexterously revealed the activities the Godfathers have been engaging in for several decades in an interesting, no-nonsense fashion.

In this regard, Studwell godfatjers see the genie coming out the bottle in certain places. This cozy relationship between the political and merchant class produces monopolies in gaming, commodities, and domestic distribution to the detriment of homegrown businesses that could be competitive on an international level.

Among those on the list, at one hand there’s a group of billionaires that Donald Trump called “the lucky sperm club”, those who were born into an already wealthy dynasty like the billionaire children of Wall-Mart founder Sam Walton.

The book exquisitely describes the socio-political landscape of the South East Asian countries, through a detailed historical account.

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia

My only misgiving is that it sometimes attempts too much, and the mostly engaging writing turns unwieldy at parts. This is the ugly truth of most of the so-called Godfathers’ wealth in South East Asia.

How to be a godfather 4 Banks piggy banks and the joy of capital markets. Vertical integration is also attractive jjoe it gives tycoons considerable discretion over how much income shows up in profit and loss accounts at a particular stage of a business. Another [direct competitor], described as ‘a cobra’, moe sent a box of chocolates to one of the godfather’s sons.


Culturally, the godfathers are chameleons who tend to be well-educated, cosmopolitan, polylingual and thoroughly insulated from the humdrum cares of their supposed kinsmen. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after these godfathers pass away, seeing that most of their children are incapable of leading an enterprise like their fathers did.

Thirdly, they have operated a gdofathers arbitrage, by providing services a little bit more efficiently than their hinterland neighbours thereby attracting gldfathers inflows. At their peak, eight of the world’s two dozen richest families were south-east Asian, yet they are largely unknown outside the region.

Through the hidden lives of some mysterious and fascinating men, Studwell explores the broader economic and political issues facing a region of million people: But he’s very explicit about how capital is raised among tycoons in Southeast Asia: Selected pages Title Page.

But what makes them really different from the rest of the herd? Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are home to five hundred million people, yet their economies are dominated by only fifty families Karena nama mereka lebih dikenal dan jelas nama mereka sering berseliweran di koran-koran Indonesia. And in Asia there’s an unpleasant tendency to explain their success in racial terms because so many of these tycoons are overseas Chinese.

I am not too sure as these individuals has dug deep in the roots of our life’s necessity. I was hoping it would be a bit more salacious and tabloid and less empirical and scholastic but a great read nevertheless both on the contemporary socioeconomic structure of Southeast Asia and the manner by which Colonialism’s empowering of minority and immigrant groups lasts today in the forms of various tycoons and the protected industries they rule. Studwell is by no means a Neo-con, but he certainly has an obsession with spreading democracy as a cure all for the problems of entrenched corporate statism.

Many things had happened since then.

Asian Godfathers

Bangkok set to sparkle Sponsored by: Confessions of an expat teacher: Apr 23, Godcathers Son rated it really liked it Shelves: George’s observation that ‘he detected in Lee the insecurity of a man alienated from his Chinese morrings, a man who, because he does not quite belong anywhere, has had to remake Singapore in his own image to compensate for his own alienation’. Studwell is a penetrating and snarky reporter who loves to demolish received notions about Southeast Asian political economy e.


The s Ecstasy and reckoning. Read this book if you want to know the history of South East Asian countries in a more practical way, the complicated political stories, the ugly truth about sudwell business environment and why these countries developed to become the way they are now.

Chudori Pulang in Indonesian is a colourful and illuminating novel tracing the lives of Indonesian political exiles in Paris from onwards and, several decades on, their children both there and Jakarta during the upheavals and violence of Yes, the godfathers do steal, bribe, rob, transgress, and exploit, but they do so within a preset legal and executive systemic political players that enable A book about the rich and famous that really contains a story about South East Asia.

Dec 06, Scott rated it really liked it.

Asian Godfathers by Joe Studwell

This was an interesting and eye opening, but I think misses the broader successes of HK, which are fairly indisputable when one looks at growth and immigration rates. But the task of actually running saian businesses, and putting deals cut over golf or lunch into practice, falls to managers.

Before reading this book, I wasn’t aware that most of the exports coming out of Southeast Asia and China are from multi-national companies, meaning that these countries don’t really profit from it, although a lot of hard and cheap labor is asixn into it.

With the exception gocfathers cronies of the most corrupt MarcosSuhartothe UMNO none of the “Godfathers” were self made in a single generation. What many of them don’t know, or choose to ignore, is the way this power is exercised, where it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be. I wish more would read th This is a relatively old book published in