The, Rise, Fall and Escape of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, Corporate Fugitive : Planet Money Japan once served sushi in the shape of Carlos Ghosn's face. Then Japanese authorities arrested the celebrity CEO who remade Nissan. We bring you first hand accounts of his spectacular rise, sudden fall and dramatic escape. | This episode is a collaboration with HBR IdeaCast.

Corporate Fugitive: Carlos Ghosn

Corporate Fugitive: Carlos Ghosn

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Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn (C) and his wife Carole (back centre L) are surrounded by members of the press as they arrive at their residence in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
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In 2018, Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan. He was the CEO of two car companies: Nissan in Japan and Renault in France. Ghosn was also drawing two salaries — and executives at Nissan said he had failed to disclose his earnings, violating Japanese law.

Before Ghosn's trial begins, he makes his escape. Hiding in a music equipment box, he bypasses security and is flown on a private jet to Lebanon, a country with no extradition policy with Japan. In this episode, we follow the incredible rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn, and hear from the fugitive himself.

There is way more to this story — race car driving executives, a boardroom coup, and a spy scandal — listen to the four-part series "The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn" from HBR IdeaCast here.

Reporting from this episode is drawn from the new book, "Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire" by Hans Greimel and William Sposato and published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Music: "Cover Up," "The Missing Link," and "Strip Parade."

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