Three weeks after Hitler seized power in Germany he called a meeting. He had summoned twenty-five of the most prominent businessmen in Germany and then arrived late. German big business had not helped Hitler seize power. Most corporate tycoons saw him as loud and violent. A failed painter who made brutish comments, to be laughed at. Nevertheless, these men would become profoundly, fiscally entangled in the Nazi effort.
This book investigates and casts stunning new light on how the families and companies of the men who bought into Hitler's vision have prospered and monopolised.
David de Jong is a correspondent in the Middle East, where he writes for the Dutch Financial Daily, among other publications. For the research and writing of Nazi Billionaires he reported from Berlin for four years. Before that, de Jong was a reporter at Bloomberg News in New York, where he wrote about hidden wealth, and in Amsterdam, where he wrote about European banking and finance. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek. De Jong was born and raised in Amsterdam and currently lives in Tel Aviv