Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly questioned by the FBI because of his past relationship with the Malaysian fugitive and fraudster, Jho Low.
In The Wolf of Wall Street, we saw Leonardo DiCaprio play a wealthy character who gets investigated by the FBI due to his shady financial dealings (although if you only remember the Margot Robbie scenes, we can’t blame you). And now, it looks like life has imitated art for the Titanic star. NME reports that DiCaprio ended up getting questioned by the FBI for his relationship with a Malaysian financier named Jho Low.
While Jho Low’s name might not ring a bell, he is a former financier that became a fugitive from the law due to allegedly embezzling $4.5 billion from Malaysia’s own sovereign wealth fund. The FBI interviewed Leonardo DiCaprio about his relationship with Low back in 2018. However, the actor met him nearly a decade earlier, back when Low was a wealthy financier rather than an international fugitive.
Unsurprisingly, the two of them met in a New York nightclub back in 2010. From the very beginning, Leonardo DiCaprio has loved to party hard, and it was during one of these debauched evenings that the actor first met Jho Low. The two hit it off right away, and DiCaprio soon began receiving a number of special gifts from his new friend.
Some of these gifts were very on-brand for Leonardo DiCaprio, including a first edition of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby (DiCaprio played the titular Gatsby in Elvis director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the famous book). Other gifts were a bit more bizarre, including the actual Oscar that Marlon Brando won for his performance in On The Waterfront. What would ultimately become the most ironic gift, though, is that Jho Low helped provide the financing for the Martin Scorcese film The Wolf of Wall Street, a film that gave us one of DiCaprio’s most iconic performances.
We say “ironic” because, as previously noted, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in that movie ends up getting investigated by the FBI, and the actor ended up facing a real-life bureau grilling over his relationship with the man that helped to finance the film. Before Low was accused of embezzling, he and DiCaprio had a very close relationship, with the financier giving Leo the adorably dorky nickname “L-Dogg.” They even discussed creating a billion-dollar fund for future projects DiCaprio is interested in and, most insanely, creating a theme park in Asia based on Leo’s most famous movies (we can only assume DiCaprio really enjoyed that Rick and Morty episode featuring an interactive Titanic ride).
Fortunately for Leonardo DiCaprio, he began putting some distance between himself and Low once news broke of the financier’s alleged embezzlement back in 2015. Furthermore, he actually forfeited all gifts he received from Low once the government began seizing all of Low’s property. So when the FBI investigated DiCaprio, he could honestly say that he stopped having a relationship with Low as soon as the criminal allegations began to surface.
In case you’re wondering, Jho Low is currently thought to be hiding from international justice in China. In the meantime, the FBI ran down anyone even vaguely connected to the financier, including Kim Kardashian. Her relationship with Low began and ended with them hanging out in a Las Vegas casino on only one occasion. Still, if they spent as much time together as he did with Leonardo DiCaprio, we imagine Low would have started designing a Kim Kardashian theme park (the rides, like Kardashian herself, would mostly be cheap plastic).