Alex Gibney: ‘Every business Trump touched withered and died’

The documentary-maker on his new Netflix series, Trump’s ‘trail of slime’ and how tennis keeps him sane

Alex Gibney was born in New York City in 1953 and educated at Yale and UCLA film school. He was 52 when he scored his first major success as a documentary film-maker with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005). Three years later, he won a best documentary Oscar with Taxi to the Dark Side. Since then, he has been hugely productive, turning out films about political sex scandals (Client 9), WikiLeaks (We Steal Secrets), doped-up cyclists (The Armstrong Lie) and Scientology (Going Clear). The theme of high-level corruption, which runs throughout his work, lies at the heart of Dirty Money, a six-part series he has produced for Netflix.

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