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But money can't buy Jho love

Nigel Aw

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Modified 10 Dec 2018, 3:26 am

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) in its third civil forfeiture suit on the 1MDB affair alleged around US$4.5 billion from the firm was misappropriated and also highlighted the purported masterminds, chief among them, it claimed, was Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low.

The DOJ covered in detail the alleged money trail from 1MDB to the bank accounts of Low and his associates, but on the side, also provided a glimpse of how he apparently courted the women of his dreams, supposedly using 1MDB-linked funds.

The filing revealed how Low had showered Australian model Miranda Kerr with increasingly expensive jewellery, all in a matter of nine months.

Kerr's divorce with Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom was first publicised in late 2013 and Low allegedly began showering the Australian model with diamonds beginning February 2014.

However, the most interesting details of the apparent courtship were between July and August 2014 when Low invited Kerr' on his US$250 million superyacht, The Equanimity, which he also allegedly purchased with 1MDB-linked funds.

The DOJ filing claimed Low brought Kerr on a "multi-day excursion" onboard the Equanimity. It did not specify where the trip took place but it was likely to have been in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Equanimity is hard to miss

While Low took measures to hide his tracks from services such as flight trackers, he could not escape the cameras of the international community of plane and ship spotters, a hobby similar to bird watching...

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