At age eight, Legg's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business, and turned a hobby into a multi-million-dollar empire. National media dubbed him the “Teen Tycoon,” and by the mid-eighties, Legg was one of the top young entrepreneurs in America, appearing as high as number twenty-four on the list (when Steve Jobs was #1, Bill Gates #4, and Michael Dell #6). Legg still jokes that he should have gone into computers.
By his twenties, after years of buying and selling businesses, leveraging, and risk-taking, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties. The stock market crashed and a firestorm of trouble came down on him. The Teen Tycoon racked up more than a million dollars in legal fees, was betrayed by those closest to him, lost his entire fortune, and ended up serving time for financial improprieties.
After a year, Legg emerged from federal prison, chastened and wiser, and began anew. More than twenty-five years after multiple investigations by the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and other government agencies, he's now using all that hard-earned firsthand knowledge of conspiracies, corruption and high finance to weave his tales.
During quieter times, he managed the world's most powerful solar radio station, worked as a nature photographer, music producer, concert promoter, newspaper columnist, magazine publisher, started a chain of retail stores, taught business classes to prisoners, and did consulting for numerous companies.
He's been escorted out of a casino in Monte Carlo, discovered a secret way into the Coliseum in Rome, survived days of hallucinations after journeying to a sacred Mayan site in Mexico, was chased on the German Autobahn, explored alleys and canals in a medieval Belgian village, meditated with one of the great illusionists, encountered mobsters, attended parties with media moguls, dealt with billionaires, associated with Special Ops soldiers and hackers, befriended Soviet defectors, and made and lost millions on multiple occasions. Legg's books pulse with authenticity.
His series have excited more than a million readers around the world. Although he refused an offer to make a television movie about his life as a teenage millionaire, his autobiography is in the works. And, there has been interest from Hollywood to turn his thrillers into films. With any luck, one day you'll see your favorite characters on screen.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest, with his wife and son, writing full time, in several genres, containing the common themes of adventure, conspiracy, and thrillers. Of all his pursuits, being an author is his favorite.
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Brandt is also an advid nature photographer, having sold his prints internationally for fifteen years. These days, although he still captures images when he can, he no longer actively markets his photgraphy. Click here to see a selection of his photos.
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