Hot Money: porn, power and profit
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When Financial Times reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, Nilsson and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast, published weekly, reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it.
Episode 8: Inside porn’s star chamber
Episode 7: How OnlyFans changed porn
Episode 6: Knocking on the door of a porn empire
Episode 5: The billionaire who took down porn
Episode 4: Playboy vs Rusty and Edie
Episode 3: Mr Goldman, Mr Sex
Episode 2: The Darth Vader of Porn
Episode 1: Porn Meets the internet
Hot Money hosts
Patricia Nilsson, co-host of Hot Money, is a reporter with the FT, where she covers a broad range of industries such as retail, cannabis and — increasingly — porn.
Before becoming a reporter, she joined the FT as a data analyst.
She grew up in Sweden but was raised Polish. She has lived and worked in Shanghai and Istanbul, but now resides in London.
Alex Barker, co-host of Hot Money, is the global media editor at the FT, leading coverage of the entertainment, advertising and news business. He has reported for the FT for 16 years, filing stories from more than 30 countries.
Alex has spent most of his career covering politics and diplomacy and was the FT’s Brussels bureau chief on the night Britain voted to leave the European Union. He lives in London.