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Born in Long Beach, New York, Jeffrey started selling freelance articles & stories to small magazines in 1965, several months before his 15th birthday. His first cheque was for a 2-page spread in the comedy magazine Cracked (a poor man’s Mad) for which he was paid $30. At the same time, he began covering high school sports for two home town weeklies, the Long Beach Progress & the Nassau Star.
While attending Temple University in Philadelphia, he wrote for television & radio; he was a staff writer at KYW-TV3, scripted a popular local children’s show called Sunny Dee & Snoopy & was on the writing staff of The Mike Douglas Show, a nationally televised daily talk show.
Jeffrey continued working in the media during his four year stint as an Officer in the United States Air Force (1967-1971). Charged with running a press & public relations office for five Generals & three Colonels out of Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York, he hosted a weekly talk show, scripted & directed several film projects, wrote short stories for national magazines & moonlighted as a disc jockey on local WFBL radio.
When his military obligation was completed at the beginning of 1971, Jeffrey took up residence in St. Laurent-du-Var, a small village just west of Nice, in the South of France. Using the French Riviera as his base, he spent the next 12 years travelling around the world, writing articles & short stories for leading North American & British periodicals.
In 1982, now earning his living as an established freelance journalist & short story writer – with more than 600 published articles & stories to his credit – he moved to London where he married the former Aline Benayoun of Antibes, France, started a family & put together a string of British best-selling, non-fiction books including; The Risk Takers, Minus Millionaires, Yamani, Rainier & Grace & Bardot.
Jeffrey hit the international scene in 1994/1995 with his investigative tour de force, The Laundrymen. Uncovering the true extent of global money laundering, he revealed how hundreds of billions of dirty dollars derived mainly from the drug trade are re-invested throughout the world by otherwise legitimate businessmen, lawyers, accountants & bankers. Still considered the definitive book on the subject & used in universities & law schools as a text, Business Week described it as “an indictment of governments & banks”.
A headline-maker in 14 countries, the book established him as a recognised expert on organised crime, fraud & money laundering. He has actively maintained that reputation for the past 15 years which led to the British Bankers’ Association labelling him, “the world’s most important financial crime author.”
On the back of The Laundrymen, Jeffrey scripted & hosted several television documentaries on money laundering & organised crime, including one for the BBC & another for Arte in France & Germany. Both have been shown in the United States.
In 1998, Jeffrey published a sequel to The Laundrymen, The Merger – The Conglomeration of International Organised Crime. In it, he demonstrated the shocking & disturbing lengths that transnational organised criminals go to in order to build multi-national corporations; explained why organised crime is the major beneficiary of globalisation; & illustrated how transnational organised criminals have become the most powerful special interest group on the planet.
Five years after The Merger, Jeffrey published another book in this series; The Sink, exposing crime, terrorism & dirty money in the offshore world.
Between 1986 & 1994, Jeffrey wrote three major best-selling biographies; Yamani – The Inside Story, described by the Wall Street Journal as “the best book ever written about the oil industry”; Rainier & Grace, the only legitimate biography ever written about & with the co-operation of Monaco’s sovereign family; & Bardot – Two Lives, also unique in that is was written with the co-operation of French icon, Brigitte Bardot.
Jeffrey’s 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 & power; Minus Millionaires, the off-beat sequel to The Risk Takers in which he told stories about risk takers who had lost fortunes; The End of the American Century which revealed the hidden agendas of the Cold War (writing this book in London, Moscow & Washington, Jeffrey was one of the very first western journalists to gain access to secret archives in the former Soviet Union); 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; & Prescription Games, an insider’s view of the global pharmaceutical industry where science & marketing are deliberately kept apart & where, all too often, profit dictates who lives & who dies.
In 2005, he wrote his first “as told to” with his old college friend & former Secret Service agent, Joseph Petro; Standing Next to History – An Agent’s Life Inside the Secret Service. Two years later, he ghostwrote Ronnie Wood’s auto-biography, Ronnie, documenting Wood’s years as a rock star & member of the most famous band in the world, The Rolling Stones. Two years after that, he published his third “as told to”, written with the last of the great British tycoons; Gerald Ronson – Leading From the Front.
His most recent books are continuations of his investigative crime series: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute – a revelation of audacious frauds, scams & cons – how to spot them, how to stop them. Also Takedown – the unlikely demise of Colombia’s brutal Norte Valle cartel.
Jeffrey Robinson has also written five much-praised novels: Pietrov & Other Games (“a fast paced, yet marvellously complex story” – Nelson DeMille); The Ginger Jar (“a gripping spy thriller” – Richard Condon); The Margin of the Bulls (“disgracefully entertaining” – Daily Mail); The Monk’s Disciples (“a warmly funny, richly human novel crammed with great characters & wonderful digressions. It’s like going out to dinner with your most entertaining friend & ending up talking till dawn because the company’s so good” – Val McDermid); & A True & Perfect Knight (“an audaciously plotted comedy of errors with a far-from heroic protagonist & a comic thriller of considerable skill. The dialogue too is a pleasure with wisecracks to equal Elmore Leonard at his most mordant” – Barry Forshaw).
Jeffrey continues to write for radio & television, has scripted & hosted various projects in the United Kingdom including several Radio 4 documentary series & the much-acclaimed BBC Radio 3 Drama of the Week, Rossum’s Cyber Café.
He conceived & wrote the pilot for the British crime drama series Tightrope for Yorkshire Television & recently completed the pilot episode for a series on financial crime called Follow the Money. Other television scripts include Sister Banjo & Notice of Claim. He has scripted a film version of his biography of Brigitte Bardot simply called Bardot & 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 Regan) & his Secret Service agent (Joseph Petro) called Ronnie & Joe.
Jeffrey’s magazine credits include; Playboy, McCalls, Barron’s, Gourmet, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Redbook, True, Ambassador, Diversion, Harper’s Mademoiselle & Time Magazine among others.
His newspaper credits include The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor & The International Herald Tribute for which he was a major contributor of features from 1972 to 1982.
In Britain his featured journalism has appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Independent, The Mail on Sunday, You Magazine, Harper’s & Queen, the Evening Standard Magazine, Cosmopolitan & Marie Claire, among others.
A frequent guest on television & radio on both sides of the Atlantic, appearances over the past several years have included; NBC News, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, ITN Evening News, the ITN News Channel, Channel 4 News, CBC, CNBC, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg, NBC’s Today Show & Larry King Live.
Jeffrey is also a popular after dinner & keynote speaker in Europe & North America & winner of the coveted Benedictine Award, After Dinner Speaker of the Year 1990.
In 2007, after 35 years in Europe he & his wife Aline moved back to New York to be with their now grown up children, although Jeffrey commutes back & forth to London on a monthly basis.
2010 marks the 50th year that Jeffrey Robinson has been writing professionally.
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