In the light of the largest leak in journalistic history, it can be somewhat hard to gather information because there's so much to take in. If you’re not familiar with the Panama Papers leak - links here: ICIJandSüddeutsche Zeitung
I have compiled an easy to read, linear, list with all the high profile people involved, and everything you need to know about them in regards to the leak. I do, however, not take any credit for the incredible journalism done by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Brace yourselves, it’s a long list:
Heads of state and government
Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
While Macri was mayor of Buenos Aires, he did not disclose his position on Fleg Trading Ltd., where he was the director. The company was incorporated in the Bahamas in 1998.
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland (Resigned)
The Prime Minister and his wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, held approximately $4 millions in bonds through Wintris Inc., a shell company based out of the tax haven British Virgin Islands. He didn’t disclose his 50% stake in the company when he took office in 2009, and then sold his share in Wintris Inc. to his wife for $1 at the end of 2009. This is an important revelation, because PM. Sigmundur was elected as an anti-establishment figure against the banking crisis and is quite clearly as bad as they were.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Sergey Roldugin, who’s a friend of Putin’s, was listed as the owner of several offshore companies that received shadowy money in the range of tens of millions of dollars. ICIJ said "the evidence in the files suggests Roldugin is acting as a front man for a network of Putin loyalists — and perhaps for Putin himself."
Xi Jinping, President of People’s Republic of China
In 2009, Deng Jiagui, Xi Jinping’s brother in law, became the sole proprietor of the companies Best Effect Enterprises Ltd. and Wealth Ming International Limited, both of which were based out of (you guessed it) British Virgin Islands. It is, however, unclear what the companies were used for.
Bashar Al Assad, Syrian President
Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, which are Assad’s two cousins, has long been the target of international sanctions and are suspected to be in control of important gateways to the Syrian oil and telecom business. (More: Vice’s story from 2014)
Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
Salman held an “unspecific role” in a company called Safason Corporation SPF S.A. that owned British Virgin Island companies which took out $34 million in mortgages to purchase luxury homes in London. He’s also the primary user of a yacht that was held by a British Virgin Island company.
Najib Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Mohd Nazifuddin bin Mohd Najib, son of the Prime minister, has had a wide range of businesses in sectors such as: finance, technology, energy, paints and coatings, and mass transit. Became VP of the Olympic Council of Malaysia in 2015.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Khalifa, one of the world’s wealthiest men, was the owner of, at the very least, 30 different companies established in the British Virgin Islands by Mossack Fonseca.
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Poroshenko’s assets include auto plants, a TV channel, a chocolate business, and a shipyard. He’s the sole proprietor of a holding company called Prime Asset Partners Limited, which was set up through Mossack Fonseca.
Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan
3 of Nawas Sharif’s 4 children (Mariam, Hasan, and Hussain) are implicated in the Panama Paper leak. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the family over their business network in industries that include: steel, sugar, paper mills, and international property holdings.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
Bidzina owned a trust called Lynden Management Ltd. that was based out of the British Virgin Islands. It was established by Credit Suisse, and has come under scrutiny for the fuzzy source of its funds.
Ayad Allawi, Prime Minister of Iraq
Ayad Allawi controlled a British Virgin Island company named Moonlight Estate Limited and a Panama registered company named I.M.F holdings; both controlled real-estate in England.
Ali Abu al-Ragheb, Prime Minister of Jordan
Ali Abu was the director of several British Virgin Island based investment companies; he held 3 different companies in Seychelles and had family members serving as board of directors on multiple British Virgin Island companies.
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Less than a year after Hamad bin Khalifa contacted Mossack Fonseca to buy a shelf company registered in the British Virgin Islands. The company, Afrodille S.A., would hold accounts in Luxembourg banks and shares in two South African companies.
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar
Hamad bin Jassim held investment companies in Panama and two companies, which he co-owned with the then-Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa. He’ve also held several other companies in the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands - also one through which he managed a $300 million yacht.
Ahmed al-Mirghani, President of Sudan
Al-Mirghani owned Orange Star Corporations, which was a company based out of the British Virgin Islands. After being created in 1995, Orange Star Corporation made a long lease purchase of an apartment in London for more than $600,000. When al-Mirghani died, he held assets through the company worth $2.72 million dollars, according to ICIJ.
Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Lazarenko was convicted in June 2000 for money laundering in Switzerland and then in the United States in 2004 and then sentenced to 9 years in prison; the sentence was then reduced to 97 months (8 years and 1 month). $250 million from his offshore accounts are still being tracked down by U.S. authorities.
Other government officials
Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
In 2015, Bouchouareb became the sole owner of Royal Arrival Corp., a company based out of Panama. He managed the company through another company called Compagnie d’Etude, which was based out of Luxembourg.
José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
José was one out of two individuals who had power of attorney for the a company valued at $1 million named Madea Investments Limited. It was moved to Samoa in 2006 after having been incorporated in Niue in 2001. Madea Investments Limited was inactivated in 2009.
Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús
Grindetti had the power of attorney for the Panama based company called Mercier International SA, which was incorporated in 2010. He held the power of attorney until 2013. The only shares were bearer shares, which makes it harder to track down ownership of the company.
Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
Kirby was one of the shareholder of seven British Virgin Island based companies. While Attorney General, he first appeared in the documents as a shareholder for Bellbrook Estates Limited in 2005. At least 3 of the British Virgin Island companies held property in the United Kingdom.
Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies
Joaquim Barbosa, former President and Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Barbosa set up a British Virgin Island based company called Assas JB1 in order to buy Florida real estate in 2012.
João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
Vathana was 1 of 5 registered shareholders of RCD International Limited, based out of the British Virgin Islands. The Minister of Justice bought 5000 shares for $5000; the purpose of the company, however, is still somewhat of a mystery.
Rodriguez was given power of attorney for a Panamanian company called Sierra Leona SA in 2002. He used the company to invest in mining and food distribution sectors in Chile.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jaynet Désiréé Kabila Kyungu, Member of the National Assembly
A few months after Janyet’s brother became president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Keratsu Holding Limited was started in Niue. Janyet was co-director with another Congolese named Kalume Nyembwe. Keratsu Holding Ltd was even stakeholder for one of Congo’s largest mobile phone operators.
Republic of the Congo
Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
While energy advisor to the president of the Republic of Congo, Bruno jean-Richard Ltoua was the attorney to represent two offshore companies in 2004. The companies, Denvest Capital strategies Inc was based in the British Virgin Islands and Grafin Associated SA was based in Panama. The companies had at that time issued unregistered shares which were to belong to the person who physically holds them. According to Fonseca however, the companies became inactive in 2006 and 2007.
Galo Chirboga, current Attorney General
Chirboga was hired in 1999 in a time when he served a private practice lawyer to collect a debt from a couple who owned a house in the luxurious area of La Vina. That year, Chirboga created Madrigal Finance Corp in Panama. In December that same year, he bought the house through a self full authorization from the firm that set the price of the property to be 2,800 dollar. He was later sued for fraud as authority expected the house to be worth more than 1 million dollar.
Pedro Delgado, former Governor of the Central Bank
In 2012 Austrobank Panama S.A a subsidiary bank of Grupo Eljuri and client to Mossack Fonseca processed a large mortgage loan on behalf of Pedro Delgado and his wife Maria Veronica Endara. The loan of 190,000 dollar was to purchase an estate in North Miami Beach. This happened over the course of time when Delgado served as governor of the Central Bank of Ecuador. However, the mortgage was first declined by a law firm that found the conditions of the mortgage to have too many holes in the transaction. But Mossack Fonseca immediately found another law firm that could record the mortgage in Miami.
Jérome Cahuzac, Former Minister of Budget
Cahuzac has been the owner of Seychelles company, Cerman Group Limited established since 2009. In 2013 French authorities were investigating Cahuzac for tax fraud. It was not clear that the ownership came from Cahuzac until Seychelles authorities questioned Mossack Fonseca and his for information about Cerman group which they had originally asked to create. Later on Fonseca told Seychelles authorities that their business relationship with Cerman Group was over because of their connection with politically exposed person.
Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
Papastavrou was member of the councils of the Panamanian foundations Green Shamrock and Diman Foundation between 2005 to 2014. He is also the deputy chairman of Aisios Foundation since 2006.
Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
Horváth, while still a member of the National Assembly, became director of Excelle Media International Ltd. in October 2013. He failed to report his offshore company to the Hungarian parliament in 2014. Horváth later became director of Mayer & Collins Trading Company Ltd. 4 months after he left politics. The company is registered with Mossack Fonseca in the Seychelles.
Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Benediktsson a shell company in in Seychelles called Falson & Co, purchased through the Icelandic bank Landsbanki in 2005. Falson & Co issued bearer shares, which usually is used to provide extra secrecy for the ownership of assets. “I have not had any assets in tax havens or anything like that,” Benediktsson said in a 2015 interview.
Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
Nordal and her husband controlled Dooley Securities SA, registered in the British Virgin Islands and we held in the name of a Luxembourg unit of Landsbanki - one of the Icelandic banks which were a the center of the financial crisis in 2008.
Anurag Kejriwal, life-time expelled former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch
Kejriwal and his wife owned The Nedstar Foundation, through which they owned Nedstar Commercial Ltd. and Newington Trading Group Ltd., both of which were based in British Virgin Islands. Newington was mainly trading iron ore.
Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Rawal and her husband had two companies in the British Virgin Islands prior to Rawal joining Kenya’s supreme court. They used several offshore companies, like Montague Real Estate SA, to buy and sell real estate in London.
Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health
In 2013, an accounting firm in Malta bought several Panamanian companies from Mossack Fonseca, one of them being Hearnville Inc. In June 2015, Mizzi established a trust in New Zealand which became a shareholder of Hearnville. The beneficiaries of this trust are his wife and two children. What is interesting is that Mizzi told Mossack that he would use Hearnville as a consultancy and brokerage firm.
James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
Ibori was the beneficiary to four offshore companies in which Mossack Fonseca was the registered agent. One of the companies Ibori was registered to was Julex Foundation, which owned shares in Stanhope Investments, a company incorporated 2006 in Niue.
Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
In 2006, Mustafa became the director of Arab Palestine Investment Company Ltd. and APIC Holding, which were both founded in 1994 in the British Virgin Islands. The companies were created for businessmen to channel funds and investments from the Arab world to Palestine.
Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
Francolini has two offshore companies in which Mossack Fonseca has been agent for. However, Fonseca resigned in January 2015 because the Panamanian law firm considered him as a politically exposed person. The companies, Jamefield investment which was established in July 2014 in the British Virgin Islands and Gladden Corporation which also his wife Iraida Garcia is shareholder in was established in Bahamas in 1998.
César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
Almeyda was the director of the Panama based company Trei Investments Corp.. According to Mossack Fonseca, the company never paid any fees or had any activity. Mossack Fonseca resigned from representing Trei Investments Corp. after Almeyda was implicated in a corruption case.
Imee Marcos, daughter of Ferdinand Marcos
The governor Imme Marcos is one of the beneficiaries of the sintra Trust which is said to have been established in June 2002 in the British Virgin Islands. Imme Marcos is also the financial advisor of the Sintra Trust.
Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
Piskorski acquired Stardale Management Inc., a company based in Panama, in order to buy bonds of a Singapore company. In 2013 and 2014, Piskorski tried to open bank accounts for the company but to no avail. The company was then dissolved in 2015 with no evidence of a bank account ever being opened.
Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
In 1998, Ndahiro became the director of Debden Investments Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands. Debden Investments Limited also, reportedly, owned a jet aircraft. The company was, however, deactivated in 2010.
Muhammad bin Nayef bin Adbulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
In 2007, USB (France) bought the Panama registered companies Alyneth Limited and Havelock Capital from Mossack Fonseca. Mohammad was the granted power of attorney for both companies and their bank accounts.
Michael Ashcroft, Member of the House of Lords
According to ICIJ, Ashcroft’s company BCB Holdings’ subsidiary, Belize Corporate Service (BCS), began using Mossack Fonseca to provide shell corporations for its clients in 2006. The company also owns Belize Bank International and Belize Bank Limited.
Michael Mates, former Member of the House of Commons
Mates was the chairman of Haylandale Limited, a company created in Bahamas in 2003 and dissolved in 2013. The company invested in property development in the Caribbean. Furthermore, Haylandale, according to ICIJ, owned four subsidiary firms that provided leasing and other services connected to properties in the Bahamas.
Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
In 1995, Sharples became the sole shareholder of a company based in Bahamas named Nunswell Investments Limited. Sharples managed the company through an employee of a British law firm, and never actually dealt with Mossack Fonseca directly.
Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army
Cruz Weffer became a shareholder of the Seychelles company, Univers Investment Ltd., in 2007. The firm used bearer shares to obscure the ownership of the offshore assets.
Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA (Large oil company)
Villanueva turned to Mossack Fonseca Luxembourg in 2009; they helped him to incorporate Blue Sea Enterprises Crop. in Panama. The purpose with the company was to handle offshore savings accumulated by Villanueva.
Attan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States
According to ICIJ, Shansonga became director of Starflight Ventures Limited, Stacey Investment Holdings Ltd, and Debden Investments Limited (Yes, the same one as Emmanuel Ndahiro) in 1998. The activities of these companies, however, remain unknown.
Relatives and associates of government officials
Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner (Argentina)
Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
Idalécio de Oliveira, potential briber of President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha (Brazil)
Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, the wife of former Minister of Commerce and Party Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai, and convicted murderer (China)
Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping (China)
Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former Chairperson of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin (China)
Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng (China)
Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo (Ecuador)
Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak (Egypt)
Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy (France)
John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor (Ghana)
Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté (Guinea)
César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal (Honduras)
Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael's former Director of Organisations and Strategy (Ireland)
Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri (Italy)
Jean-Claude N'Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo (Côte d’Ivoire)
Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan)
Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak (Malaysia)
Juan Armando Hinojosa, "favourite contractor" of President Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico)
Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI (Morocco)
Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif, and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan)
Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg, and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin (Russia)
Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal)
Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma (South Africa)
Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo (South Korea)
Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I (Spain)
Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Spain)
Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousin and father of President Bashar al-Assad (Syria)
Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan (United Nations)
Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron (United Kingdom)
According to the U.K. Guardian, Ian Cameron avoided taxes for 30 years on his investment fund named Blairmore Holdings Inc.. The company was based in The Bahamas, but incorporated in Panama.
Named individuals connected with the world governing body of association football, FIFA, include:
Eugenio Figueredo, former President of CONMEBOL and Vice President and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
Juan Pedro Damiani, member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
Michel Platini, former President of UEFA
Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA
Soccer players include:
Mattias Asper, Valeri Karpin, Nihat Kahveci, Tayfun Korkut, Darko Kovačević, Gabriel Schürrer and Sander Westerveld; all had accounts created by Real Sociedad and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola
Gabriel Heinze, Argentine former soccer player, account during Manchester United years
Lionel Messi, soccer player for Barcelona and the Argentine national team
Brian Steen Nielsen, former Danish international and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Marc Rieper, retired Danish international
Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine professional soccer player
Iván Zamorano, retired Chilean soccer striker, account during Real Madrid years
Other notable people:
Vinod Adani, Elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
Agustín Almodóvar, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and former Miss World.
Hollman Carranza, son of Víctor Carranza
Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian industrial and politician
Franco Dragone, theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst
Solomon Humes, Bahamian Bishop of a small denomination
Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
Nico Rosberg, Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas.