MILLIARDEN-MIKE. ICH HAB SIE ALLE ABGEZOCKT! MILLION DOLLAR MIKE. I RIPPED OFF EVERYBODY.
THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE STORY OF GERMANY’S GREATEST CON MAN
About 250 pages
“A good storyteller is needed to make the lie truth.” Mike Wappler
Mike Wappler cannot read or write, but he achieved everything in life he wanted: stock exchange speculator, diamond dealer, owner of a model agency, Rolex wearer, Bentley driver, baron. How did he manage to fool everyone? He says it was thanks to the greed of the rich. He landed his greatest coup when he swindled a man of independent means out of more than six million Euros. His punishment: six years at “Santa Fu,” the notorious prison at Fuhlsbüttel, from where he escaped a few days before he was to be released to preventive detention. Mike Wappler was caught, but a verdict from the European Court of Justice set him free.
His plans for the future? Buy Porsches and become serious. He wants to open a consulting firm to protect people from fraud – who would be better qualified for this task than him?
Tim Gutke wrote the biography “Milliarden-Mikes” and spoke with his companions, lawyers and friends, who also get a chance to speak in the book. The result is a story that could not be more entertaining, exciting and unbelievable.
His recipe for success: the greed and vanity of the rich
Mike Wappler was born in 1956. He was already introduced to the shady side of life at the age of eight and worked his way “up” with many schemes to become Germany’s greatest con man. His prison break and spectacular flight was a big press story in 2010. Mike Wappler is now serious and lives in Hamburg.
Tim Gutke wrote for example for Für Sie and the Hamburger Morgenpost before working as an editor at Playboy from 2002-2009. He is now a freelance journalist for the SZ-Magazin, GQ, Abendblatt, Playboy and Cicero, among others. He is chief editor of the international men’s magazine L’Officiel Hommes and developed magazine concepts for the Gruner & Jahr media concern.
Tim Gutke schrieb u. a. für die Für Sie und die Hamburger Morgenpost, bevor er von 2002 bis 2009 als Redakteur für den Playboy arbeitete. Heute schreibt er als freiberuflicher Journalist u. a. für das SZ-Magazin, GQ, Abendblatt, Playboy und Cicero. Er ist Textchef des internationalen Männermagazins L’Officiel Hommes und arbeitet als Chefredakteur für den Medienkonzern Gruner & Jahr.