Jeffrey Robinson is an old fashioned story teller, international best-selling author of 30 books including four major exposés on financial crime, a frequent guest in the media on both sides of the Atlantic, and a former winner of the Benedictine After-Dinner Speaker of the Year Award.
He is a native New Yorker who lived in Europe between 1970 to 2007, including 25 years in London. It was during these 25 years in the UK - writing, speaking and appearing on TV about money laundering and criminal finance, that the British Bankers' Association named him, “The world's leading financial crime author".
Jeffrey's international reputation was greatly enhanced by his investigative tour de force, The Laundrymen - Inside The World's Third Largest Business (1993), which was a headline-maker in 14 countries. In it, he uncovered the true extent of global money laundering and showed how hundreds of billions of dirty dollars are derived mainly from the drug trade, then reinvested throughout the world by otherwise legitimate businessmen, lawyers, accountants and bankers.
Next, in The Merger – How Organised Crime is Taking Over The World (1998), Robinson described how transnational organised criminals have built multinational corporations to become the most powerful special interest group on the planet.
Five years later he published the third book in this series: The Sink - Terror, Crime and Dirty Money in the Offshore World. Here, he lifted the lid on the lawyers, bankers, accountants, company formation agents and despots who created - and actively sustain - a world of window-dressing regulations where criminals and corporate giants live beyond the reach of governments and the law.
His expertise on worldwide fraud and money laundering has made him a much sought after commentator by the media. Some of the issues he discusses include the lessons legitimate businesses can learn from organised crime; how businesses today are prime targets of fraudsters because most businesses are looking in the wrong places to protect themselves; why one in nine people will lose money this year as a result of fraud and what they can do to protect themselves; and the ways that terrorists are financing their activities while governments sit helpless on the sidelines.
In The Takedown (2011), Robinson recounts the epic tale of Bonnie Klapper, an offbeat but tenacious former federal prosecutor, and former Special Agent Romedio "Rooney" Viola, and their 13 year journey to dismantle Colombia's Norte Valle cartel.
Jeffrey Robinson is a graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University (1967). However, he began selling freelance articles and stories to small magazines before his 15th birthday, and during the university years went on to write for a popular weekly children's show and was on the writing staff of a nationally televised daily talk show.
He continued working in the media during his four year stint as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971. Charged with running a press and public relations office for five generals at the height of the Vietnam War, he hosted a weekly talk show, scripted and directed several film projects, wrote short stories for national magazines and moonlighted as a disc jockey on local radio.
When his military obligation was completed at the end of 1970, he took up residence in a small village in the south of France. Using that as his base, he vagabonded around the world, writing articles and short stories for leading North American and British periodicals.
Relocating to Britain in 1982, Jeffrey’s feature journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Independent, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday, among others.
In addition to books on dirty money, Jeffrey Robinson has published investigative non-fiction, major biographies and novels. These days, dividing his time between New York and London, he continues to write books, scripts for television and to appear in the media on both sides of the Atlantic in addition to being highly sought-after on the keynote and after dinner speaking circuit.