Jeffrey Robinson (born 1945) is an American author of 29 books. He has been described by the British Bankers' Association as "the world's leading financial crime author".
Born in Long Beach, New York, Robinson is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia (1967). While still at school, he wrote for television and radio, including a popular weekly children's show, and was on the writing staff of The Mike Douglas Show, 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. 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 moved to 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. His magazine credits include Playboy, McCalls, Barron's, Gourmet, Ambassador, True, Mademoiselle, Reader's Digest and TV Guide; his newspaper credits include The New York Times;The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune (for which he was a major contributor of features during the 1970s). In Britain his feature journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and The Mail on Sunday, among others.
He moved to the UK in 1982, with more than 600 published stories and articles to his credit, to concentrate on writing books. In 2007, he returned to New York and now divides his time between the US and the UK.
Considered "one of world's leading experts on international financial crime" Robinson wrote his 1995 investigative tour de force, The Laundrymen, in which he uncovered the true extent of global money laundering. The book reveals 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. Considered the definitive book on the subject, and now used in universities and law schools as a text, Business Week described it as "[a]n indictment of governments and banks".
In 1998, he published a sequel to The Laundrymen, titled The Merger - How Organized Crime is Taking Over The World. In it, Robinson described the disturbing lengths that transnational organized criminals go in order to build multi-national corporations; explained why organized crime is the major beneficiary of globalization; and claimed that transnational organized criminals have become the most powerful special interest group on the planet.
Between 1986-1994, he published three biographies: Yamani - The Inside Story, about Saudi Arabia's former Minister of Oil Ahmed Zaki Yamani; Rainier & Grace, written about and with the cooperation of Monaco’s sovereign family and reissued in 2014 as Grace of Monaco after the fictionalized 2014 French biopic of Grace Kelly's life; and Bardot - Two Lives, also written with the cooperation of Brigitte Bardot.
His other non-fiction titles include: The Risk Takers (his first UK best seller) which highlighted the high-fliers of City finance, recounting their tales of money, ego and power; The Minus Millionaires, a sequel to The Risk Takers, in which he wrote about ‘risk takers’ who had lost fortunes; The End of the American Century, for which Robinson gained access to secret archives in the former Soviet Union to reveal hidden agendas of the Cold War; The Hotel, stories gathered over five months as a fly on the wall in what is, arguably, the best hotel in the world; The Manipulators - A Conspiracy to Make Us Buy, exposing the marketing world’s "hidden persuaders" 40 years after Vance Packard; and Prescription Games, an insider’s view of the global pharmaceutical industry, where science and marketing are deliberately kept apart and where, all too often, profit dictates who lives and who dies.
In 2005, he wrote his first "as told to" with an old college friend, Joseph Petro: Petro's autobiography, Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service. In 2007, Robinson co-authored Ronnie Wood's autobiography, documenting Wood's years as a rock star and member of the most famous band in the world, The Rolling Stones. In 2009, he published his third "as told to": Leading From The Front, co-written with British entrepreneur, Gerald Ronson.
His treatise on fraud, There's a Sucker Born Every Minute - A Revelation Of Audacious Frauds, Scams, And Cons -- How To Spot Them, How To Stop Them was published in 2010.
Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent - Following The Money, the first in a series of eBooks on dirty money, crime, fraud and corruption was published in 2012.
The second book in this series, "Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent - The Swiss Wash Whiter" was published in 2013.
His latest book is "BitCon - The Naked Truth About Bitcoin"
Jeffrey Robinson has written six novels: Pietrov and Other Games; The Ginger Jar; The Margin of the Bulls; The Monk’s Disciples; A True and Perfect Knight (under film option); and Trump Tower.
Radio and television
Robinson has appeared on NBC News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, ITN, Channel 4 News, CBC, CNBC, Sky News, BBC World, NBC's The Today Show and Bloomberg Television. He has scripted and narrated various series for BBC Radio, including one on radio stars Amos and Andy, and one on American soap operas, "Tomorrow at the Same Time". He also wrote the BBC Scotland's Radio Three Drama of the Week, "Rossum’s Cyber Cafe", based on the Karel Čapek play "RUR".
He conceived and wrote the pilot for the British crime drama series, Tightrope, for Yorkshire Television. He also wrote the pilot episode for a new British series on financial crime called Follow The Money. Other television scripts include Sister Banjo and Notice of Claim. He wrote and presented a training film for financial investigators for the Metropolitan Police in London England titled "The Common Factor". He has scripted a film version of his biography of Brigitte Bardot, called Bardot; and a made-for-television movie version of Standing Next to History, a dramatic re-telling of the special relationship between the president of the United States (Ronald Reagan) and his Secret Service agent (Joseph Petro), called Ronnie & Joe.
Robinson won the 1990 Benedictine Award as "After-Dinner Speaker of the Year".
- BitCon - The Naked Truth About Bitcoin" (Amazon original Kindle eBook) (2014)
- Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent - The Swiss Wash Whiter (eBook original) (2013)
- Jeffrey Robinson's Criminal Intent - Following The Money (eBook original) (2012)
- The Takedown - A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son and the Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel (2011)
- There's a Sucker Born Every Minute (2010)
- The Sink - Crime, Terror And Dirty Money in the Offshore World (2003)
- Prescription Games - Money, Ego and Power Inside the Global Pharmaceutical Industry (2001)
- The Merger - The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime (1998)
- The Manipulators - A Conspiracy to Make Us Buy (1997)
- The Hotel - Upstairs, Downstairs in a Secret World (1996)
- The Laundrymen (1995)
- Bardot - Two Lives (1994)
- The End of the American Century (1992)
- The Risk Takers - Five Years On (1991)
- Rainier & Grace (1988) Reissued in 2014 as Grace of Monaco
- Yamani - The Inside Story (1987)
- Minus Millionaires (1986)
- The Risk Takers - Portraits of Money, Ego and Power (1985)
- Teamwork - Comedy Teams in the Movies (1983)
- Bette Davis - A Filmography (1982)
- With Gerald Ronson: Leading from the Front - My Story (2009)
- With Ronnie Wood: Ronnie - The Autobiography" (Life as a Rolling Stone) (2007)
- With Joseph Petro: Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service (2005)
- Trump Tower (2012)
- A True and Perfect Knight (1999)
- The Monk's Disciples (1997)
- The Margin of the Bulls (1995)
- The Ginger Jar (1986)
- Pietrov and Other Games (1985)
Screenplays, teleplays and radio plays
- I Je t'Aime You (2008)
- The Wake (short film) (2008)
- Other Arrangements (short film) (2007)
- The Confession (2007)
- Notice of Claim (2005)
- Bardot (2005)
- Sister Banjo (2002)
- Tightrope (2002) Yorkshire Television
- Rossum's Cyber Café BBC Radio 3 (2000)
- Amos and AndyBBC Radio 4 (1999)
- Same Time TomrorrowBBC Radio 4 (1999)
- Les Blanchisseurs (1998) Arte
- The Common Factor (1997) Metropolitan Police
- The Laundrymen (1997) BBC Television
Journalism and short stories
More than 700 of his published articles and short stories have appeared in major periodicals. Newspaper journalism, specifically for the period 1970-1983 includes 250 feature articles, notably for International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Examiner.
- "BBA – British Bankers' Association - BBA's Annual Financial Crime Conference". www.bba.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- Schultz, Ruth (Spring 2005). "Jeffrey Robinson" (PDF). Temple Review (Spring): 38–39. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey (8 June 1998). "Don't Expect Real UN Action Against Drug Traffic". New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey (13 August 2004). "The money trail: How petty crime funds terror". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "The Back Page". Columbia Journalism Review. May–June 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- Sherwell, Philip; Alderson, Andrew; Sawer, Patrick (21 February 2009). "Sir Allen Stanford: how the small-town Texas boy evaded scrutiny to become a big-time 'fraudster'". The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Edge, Simon (14 May 2010). "Dirty truth about money launderers". The Express. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "Tax Havens: The How & Why, Without the Semi-Hysteria". The Fraud Tube. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Hockenberry, John. "The Takeaway". WNYC-Public Radio International. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Glassgall, William (16 August 1996). "Hot Zillions". Businessweek. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "IMDB". The Laundrymen. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "The Three Stages of Money Laundering". The Laundrymen. BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Les Blanchisseurs". Zaradoc. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- Allentuck, Andrew (November 1999). "The Merger: A Criminal Conspiracy to Take Over Canada and the World". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Koshel, Michael J. (October 2000). "The Merger: The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime". Security Management. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Brown, Douglas (October 2000). "Transnational Family Compact". Books in Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- "The Merger: How Organized Crime Is Taking Over the World". Publishers Weekly. 1 July 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- "THE MERGER The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime". Kirkus Review. 1 June 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Knight, Stephen (November 2003). "The Sink: Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Canada’s Caribbean". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Grossey, Sue. "Money Laundering Bookshelf". Money Laundering Bulletin. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "YAMANI: The Inside Story". Kirkus Reviews. 29 May 1989. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Reuters (29 March 1988). "Book: Dispute With King Cost Yamani His Job". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Non-Fiction Review: Bardot-An Intimate Portrait". Publishers Weekly. 29 May 1995. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Lamb, Gregory M. (1 May 2005). "The stern guardians of presidential safety". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Forward Into Fall-Biography". Publishers Weekly. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Bill, Peter (5 June 2009). "Never The English Gent - A Clear Picture of Ronson". The Evening Standard (UK). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Carruthers, Mike. "Something You Should Know". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "The Takedown". Vimeo. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "This Week's Must Reads". The Daily Beast. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "The Takedown: A Suburban Mom, a Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel". Publishers Weekly. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "THE TAKEDOWN A Suburban Mom, a Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel". Kirkus Reviews. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Ritterspak, Brian. "Jeffrey Robinson Interview". Crime Time. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "Tomorrow at the Same Times". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "Rossum's Cyber Cafe". BBC Radio Scotland.
- Robinson, Jeffrey. "The Common Factor - A Training Film for Financial Investigators". Metropolitan Police Department, London, England. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Kawaguchi, Morinosuke (29 November 2012). "Jeffrey Robinson, Leading Financial Crime Expert, Joins Speakers Connect". Open Press. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
he is a past winner of the coveted Benedictine "After Dinner Speaker of the Year" award