Leonardo DiCaprio had to return Marlon Brando's Oscar, and the financier who gave it to him as a birthday present is now reportedly a fugitive on the run

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Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Leonardo DiCaprio handed over to the US government Marlon Brando's best actor Oscar that had previously been gifted to him.
  • According to The New York Times, Jho Low, a Malaysian financier who gave DiCaprio the Oscar, stole billions of dollars from a Malaysian investment fund.
  • The Times said US investigators are in the process of recovering things purchased by Low.

Leonardo DiCaprio was given Marlon Brando's 1955 best actor Oscar, which Brando won for "On the Waterfront," as a birthday gift, but had to return it last year when it was revealed to be involved in a corruption scandal.Advertisement

According to The Times, Low is believed to be in hiding in China, and the US took charge of the investigation because it's been "been cracking down on the flow of illegal money through the American financial system."

Court documents reviewed by The Times revealed that several federal agencies are in the process of recovering items Low purchased, including $8 million worth of jewelry Low gave Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr.

According to the book "Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World," which was released earlier this year, Kerr handed over the jewelry to the US government last year. But according to the Times report, another gift to Kerr, a piano in her home, is causing problems because it won't fit through the doors.