Summary of Tom Burgis's The Looting Machine

by   Everest Media (Author)
55 loans, One at a time
40 loans, 10 Concurrent loans

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book.

Sample Book Insights:

#1 Angola has some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world. The oil that underlies the country’s soils and seabed has fueled the country’s growth, but it has also fueled the fear that the oil brings.

#2 Manuel Vicente, who was the head of Angola’s oil company, Sonangol, drove hard bargains with the oil majors that have spent tens of billions of dollars developing Angola’s offshore oilfields.

#3 The Angolan government, led by President José Eduardo dos Santos, used oil revenue to expand the Futungo, a group that looted the country’s oil. When the International Monetary Fund examined Angola’s national accounts in 2011, it found that between 2007 and 2010 $32 billion had gone missing, a sum greater than the gross domestic product of each of forty-three African countries.

#4 In 2008, as Cobalt was negotiating exploration rights to put its theory about the potential of Angola’s presalt oil frontier to the test, the Angolans made a stipulation. Cobalt would have to take two little-known local companies as junior partners in the venture, with a minority stake.

Publication date
June 13, 2022
Paper ISBN
File size
1 MB

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