Money Men came about as an idea after I read an article in Newsweek several years after the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. The article claimed that Ponzi schemes were uncovered in the United States, on average, once a week. Given the destructive nature of the Madoff scandal and the national attention that it garnered, the continual and continuous unearthing of these Ponzi schemes was surprising to say the least.
The second story that served as inspiration was the unfolding of the Mt. Gox crypto exchange debacle during 2012 and 13. I found myself fascinated by the confusion surrounding what happened to the crypto before and after the site was shut down. Had the CEO stole it, or was he simply duped by sophisticated hackers who had indeed siphoned enough crypto from the exchange to make the site insolvent. To this day, much of that crypto is still frozen and inaccessible to its rightful owners. How intriguing!
For me, the question was always how would someone react to having their hard earned money stolen by someone they knew and trusted.Now take a room of 20 people and look at how those reactions would differ. Their money and future were stolen, yes, but what about the psychological effects, relationships, and the day-to-day of life. All of those aspects would be affected in one way or another. Adrian and Eddie are very different people. Adrian is thoughtful and plodding, while Eddie is brash and impetuous. It takes both of the personalities to go after Lance.
I hope you enjoy the 9 episode podcast of Money Men, a full length audio movie from Armahut Media.