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Paradise Papers Reveals Famous Celebrities, Politicians and Billionaires in Appleby’s Data Leak

 Paradise Papers Reveals Famous Celebrities, Politicians and Billionaires in Appleby’s Data Leak

The Paradise Papers have exposed hundreds of politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals.  Famous celebrities in the papers includes Lewis Hamilton, Madonna, Shakira, Keira Knightley, U2 singer Bono and Amitabh Bachchan.  Corporations and businessmen names includes Apple, Nike, Facebook, Glencore, Private Equity firm Blackstone, George Soros, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen Microsoft and Irish Billionaire Dermot Desmond.

” Madonna, Shakira, Lewis Hamilton, Nike, Apple, Facebook names mentioned in Paradise Papers “

Royalties, politicians and ex-politicans were also listed in the papers with names like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, family members of former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, former Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and a Cayman Islands trust managed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Questionable deals mentioned includes Twitter and Facebook received hundreds of millions in investments that are traced to Russian state financial institutions, two billionaires buying stakes in Arsenal and Everton football clubs and Prince Charles for not disclosing his private estate had an offshore financial interest while promoting altering climate-change agreement.

The name of the “Paradise Papers” was chosen due to the idyllic profiles the offshore jurisdictions such as Bermuda as tax havens, and is also a French term for a tax haven – paradis fiscal.  It contains 1,400 GB of data and 13.4 million of documents.  The leak came from legal service provider Appleby, corporate service provider Estera and Asiaciti Trust.  German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, obtained the original data and documents.  The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists are currently working on the project to uncover more insights.

Leaks since 2010:

  • Panama Papers in 2016
  • Bahamas leaks in 2016
  • Swiss leaks in 2015
  • Luxembourg leaks in 2014
  • Offshore leaks in 2013
  • Wikileaks or “cablegate” in 2010.

Source: BBC, The Guardian, Business Insider, ICIJ








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