Panama Papers scandal: who are the biggest names?

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the sole shareholder of Prime Asset Partners Ltd, set up in the British Virgin Islands. Photo: Mykola Lazarenko Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Photo: Supplied
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Here are some of the biggest names caught up in the Panama Papers scandal. Petro Poroshenko – President, Ukraine

Ukraine’s billionaire “chocolate king” became president in 2014, painting himself as an opponent of the corrupt oligarchy. Last year he promised to “prevent the inappropriate influence of private interests on the state”.

According to the ICIJ, as Russian troops rolled into Eastern Ukraine in August 2014 Poroshenko became the sole shareholder of Prime Asset Partners Ltd, set up in the British Virgin Islands.

A spokesman for Poroshenko said that though Prime Asset Partners hadn’t been mentioned in his financial disclosures, they had been set up in order to help sell the Roshen confectionery group, and Poroshenko’s assets would be transferred to a blind trust “once legal formalities are completed”. Lionel Messi – Soccer player

The Barcelona star was among those named in reports. Spanish tax authorities say they are investigating allegations of tax irregularities involving the soccer player.

Messi’s family threatened to sue media outlets that released the information linking the Argentine player to accounts in Panama.

Last year, Spanish authorities charged Messi and his father with three counts of tax fraud for allegedly defrauding Spain’s tax office of 4.1 million euros ($A6.10 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.

They will stand trial in late May and face nearly two years in prison if found guilty. Jackie Chan – actor

Hong Kong-born action star Jackie Chan has been reported as being linked to the Panama Papers. USA Today reported that Chan “has at least six companies managed through the law firm,” [of  law firm in Panama called Mossack Fonesca] according to the consortium’s website.

The Hong Kong-born Chan’s representatives in the US did not immediately return a call for comment from MCT. Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud – King of Saudi Arabia 

King Salman took the throne after his brother died in January 2015. According to the Mossack Fonseca data, he also has an “unspecified role” in a network of British Virgin Islands companies.

These companies were used to buy multimillion-dollar luxury homes in central London, and King Salman is also the “principal user” of a motor yacht, Erga, registered by a BVI company that can be traced back to the king. Li Xiaolin – daughter of former Chinese premier Li Peng

Li, as vice-president of China Power Investment Corporation, was dubbed China’s “Power Queen”.

The ICIJ reports that she and her husband were the beneficial owners of a Lichtenstein foundation which in turn owned a BVI company, which held the profits from heavy machinery exports from Europe to China. Sergey Roldugin – close friend of Vladimir Putin

Rodulgin, a world-class cellist and artistic director of the St Petersburg House of Music, was “almost like brothers” with Putin in the late 1970s. He is godfather to Putin’s oldest daughter.

According to the ICIJ, he owns three offshore companies. One of them “gained major influence” over Russia’s biggest truck-maker, and another controls a big share in Russia’s largest television advertising buyer. Arkady and Boris Rotenberg – friends of Vladimir Putin

The billionaire brothers were childhood friends of Russian President Putin, bonding over martial arts, the ICIJ reports. They have amassed a multibillion-dollar fortune through contracts with state and state-owned companies, and are named in US sanctions.

According to the ICIJ data they own at least seven companies registered in the BVI, involved in a range of projects including pipeline construction and the construction of an Italian villa. Ian Cameron – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s father

Ian Cameron died in 2010, having made a fortune as a stockbroker and investor.  According to the ICIJ, his Blairmore Holdings fund in Panama held millions and was “not liable to taxation on its income or capital gains”. Juan Pedro Damiani – FIFA ethics committee member

One of Uruguay’s richest men and president of the country’s most popular football teams, attorney Damiani is one of Mossack Fonseca’s biggest clients – and Damiani himself managed companies through which FIFA members may have received bribes, Suddeutsche Zeitung reports.

His law firm’s offshore clients include three defendants in the FIFA scandal. The BBC reports Damiani and his firm provided legal assistance for at least seven offshore companies linked to football official Eugenio Figueredo, who was arrested last May and charged with fraud and money laundering. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson – Prime Minister, Iceland

Iceland’s hugely popular Pirate Party have been pushing for a vote of no confidence in Gunnlaugsson since the tax haven scandal broke here.

The Panama papers reveal he and his wife stashed their money in an undeclared tax haven while the country nearly sank under the impact of the financial crisis.

A British Virgin Islands company owned by his wife is now claiming millions from the bankruptcy estate of Iceland’s crashed banks.

Gunnlaugsson, who became PM in 2013, is closely involved in negotiations with claimants for the bank’s assets, MBL.is reported – which could affect the value of the bonds his wife’s company owns.

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