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The higher you go, the stronger you fall.
The characters in the Netflix series King of Stonks certainly to live up to this adage. Centered around the culture of German startups, the show is about the pitfalls and schemes that take you to the top and the consequences of building a company in a web of lies. Think of this series as a German Wall Street wolf – Includes power-hungry characters, fraud, bright business people and the wild and risky party lifestyle that comes with a huge amount of money.
What is Netflix King of Stonks About?
The TV miniseries revolves around CableCash, the most successful fintech company of all time. Vice President Felix Armand, the mastermind behind the operation, believes that the CEO of the company should be taken over, replacing the braggart Dr. Magnus Cramer. The series navigates the complex relationship between the two: one who has the brain and ambition to create a reputable company, and the other whose success is based on greed, fraud and spectacle. It also shows how integrity can be compromised when there is a lot of money, and that lying keeps you up to date.
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Who is in the cast of King of Stonks?
The series stars mostly German actors, so many of the names may be unknown to the United States. Matthias Brandt plays Dr. Magnus Cramer, CEO of CableCash; Thomas Schubert plays Felix Armand; and Larissa Sirah Herden plays Sheila Williams, a short saleswoman for the company. Brandt’s career began in 1989 with film for television A good copy, and has since appeared in more than 50 more television series. Schubert, who is only 28 years old, has taken on the most important role of his career King of Stonks.
Is King of Stonks based on a real story?
The series is vaguely based on the Wirecard incident that happened in Germany in 2020. According to a 2020 Forbes explaining the incident, Wirecard AG was a payment processor and financial services provider led by CEO Markus Braun. Braun and two other high-ranking executives were charged with market manipulation, embezzlement and fraud. Wirecard was accused of defrauding creditors with billions of euros, which led to its insolvency.
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When he did King of Stonks to go out on Netflix?
Netflix released King of Stonks on July 6, 2022. The series premiered on June 25, 2022 at the Munich Film Festival.
How many episodes are there and how long do they have?
The miniseries consists of six episodes of between 45 and 49 minutes each.