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  • Published: 23 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780753559581
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $45.00

The Missing Cryptoqueen

The inside story of the biggest business scam of the 21st century, and the hunt for the woman who got away with it.

'An astonishing read, plunging you into a toxic world of Insta-wealth, betrayal and ruthless ambition... A con that made Theranos look like small fry' - The Telegraph

'The largest financial scam ever' - Fortune

'The bizarre case of OneCoin illustrates how easily a classic scam could be reinvented for the digital age' - Financial Times

'The story of OneCoin stands out even among the outlandish capers of the cryptocurrency era' - Wall Street Journal

Hundreds of Countries.
Billions of Dollars.
One Lie.

In 2014 a brilliant Oxford graduate called Dr Ruja Ignatova promised to revolutionise money and make people rich in the process. The future, she said, belonged to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. And the self-styled cryptoqueen vowed that she had invented the Bitcoin Killer. She launched OneCoin, an exciting new cryptocurrency that she promised would not only earn its investors untold fortunes, it would change the world. OneCoin swept the globe - becoming one of the fastest companies to make $1 billion in revenue.

By 2017, billions of dollars had been invested in OneCoin in hundreds of countries, from the USA to Pakistan, Hong Kong to Yemen, and the UK to Uganda. But by the end of the year Ruja Ignatova had disappeared, along with the money, and it slowly became clear that her revolutionary cryptocurrency was not all it seemed.

The Missing Cryptoqueen tells the unbelievable story of the rise, disappearance and fall of Dr Ruja Ignatova. It is a modern tale of intrigue, techno-hype and herd madness that reveals how OneCoin became the biggest scam of the 21st Century.

  • Published: 23 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780753559581
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World and The People Vs Tech, which was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the internet is changing politics and society. In 2017 Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. He lives in London.

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Praise for The Missing Cryptoqueen

The Missing Cryptoqueen investigates a con that made Theranos look like small fry... The tragic account of how it happened is an astonishing read, plunging you into a toxic world of Insta-wealth, betrayal and ruthless ambition

The Telegraph

A gripping read. Jamie Bartlett races through this compelling tale of corruption, ambition and intrigue

Irish Independent

Bartlett skilfully [presents] OneCoin's turbulent history like a thriller

Reaction (Books Digest)

A story of a very modern scam full of intrigue

The i

A great story and a spectacular con

The Spectator

Outrageously entertaining... populated with the kind of gaudy crooks, ambitious crackpots and tragically hopeful hustlers we'd expect from a Coen brothers comedy. One can only hope this shocking, compulsively readable story serves as a cautionary tale

Irish Times

The most gripping podcast since Serial


The best podcast yet produced by BBC . form-defining

New Statesman

A brilliant slow-burner

Best podcasts of 2019, Financial Times

2019's most gripping podcast


Our new favourite podcast. jaw-dropping


The Missing Cryptoqueen is equal parts thrilling and complex


Hugely gripping


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