From the desk of journalist and podcast host Evan Ratliff.


> New story in Bloomberg Businessweek, a follow on to my 2021 piece on Ramon Abbas aka Ray Hushpuppi: How Instagram’s “Billionaire Gucci Master” Sank Nigeria’s Top Cop.

> “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master” makes Vice Motherboard’s annual “Jealousy List”

> New story out in Bloomberg Businessweek: The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master: Authorities say Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, perfected a simple internet scam and laundered millions of dollars. His past says a lot about digital swagger, and the kinds of stories that get told online.

> New cover story for Wired: We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn’t We? A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we’re still in this mess.