DOJ: Wolf of Wall Street 'lead actor' gambled with Jho Low, Riza

Penang-born tycoon Jho Low withdrew US$1.15 million from his account at a Las Vegas casino to gamble with several individuals, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's stepson Riza Aziz, and the lead actor of Hollywood film ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ)



Directly implicated parties

Low Taek Jho
Low Taek Jho, often called Jho Low, is a Malaysian businessman and international fugitive sought by the authorities in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States in connection with the 1MDB scandal. He is accused of being the mastermind of the alleged 1MDB fraud.
Riza Aziz
Riza Shahriz bin Abdul Aziz, better known as Riza Aziz, is the step son of Najib Razak and son of Rosmah Mansor, is a Malaysian film producer and the co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film production company.
Red Granite Pictures
Red Granite Pictures is an American film production and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010.

Indirectly implicated parties

Implicated parties through circumstantance

Disclosing Parties



Zikri Kamarulzaman, Malaysiakini,  (21 Jul, 2016).  DOJ: Wolf of Wall Street 'lead actor' gambled with Jho Low, Riza.  Retrieved 26 May, 2020,  from




In its civil suits to seize assets allegedly acquired by siphoning funds from 1MDB, the department listed the US$1.15 million as part of US$41 million purportedly diverted from 1MDB by Riza to pay off gambling expenses for himself, Low, and their associate Eric Tan Kim Loong.

"On or about July 15, 2012, Low withdrew an aggregate cash amount of US$1,150,090 at the Venetian Casino: US$500,000 as a withdrawal of deposit, and US$650,090 as redemption of casino chips and other gaming instruments.

"Several individuals gambled with Low on this occasion, using his account. These individuals included Aziz; Red Granite Pictures co-founder Christopher ‘Joey’ McFarland; a lead actor in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (Hollywood Actor 1); and a former chief investment officer of 1MDB," said the DOJ.