The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money

The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money

by Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer


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From the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history.

In early 2015, an anonymous whistle-blower led investigative journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier into the shadow economy where the super-rich hide billions of dollars in complex financial networks. Thus began the ground-breaking investigation that saw an international team of 400 journalists work in secret for a year to uncover cases involving heads of state, politicians, businessmen, big banks, the mafia, diamond miners, art dealers and celebrities. A real-life thriller, The Panama Papers is the gripping account of how the story of the century was exposed to the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786070708
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 117,009
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer are award-winning investigative journalists at Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest broadsheet. The first people to have access to the Panama Papers, they were previously part of the international team of journalists who revealed the Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Swiss Leaks. In 2017, they received the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting, and were finalists in International Reporting.

Table of Contents

Foreword Luke Harding vii

Prologue 1

1 Start 10

2 Vladimir Putin's mysterious friend 18

3 The shadow of the past 26

4 Commerzbank and its lies 39

5 Mossack Fonseca's role in the Syrian war 50

6 From the Waffen-SS to the CIA and Panama 70

7 The football factory 87

8 On fishing, finding and fine art 95

9 A view of the White House 102

10 Sparks fly 111

11 Fear and trepidation 121

12 The Siemens millions 129

13 'Regarding my meeting with Harry Potter…' 141

14 A secret meeting with Alpine views 154

15 Mossfon Holdings 165

16 Spirit of Panama 176

17 The world is not enough 182

18 The looting machine 192

19 Secret meetings in the Komitèrom 209

20 At the mercy of monsters 217

21 The red nobility 223

22 The Gas Princess and the Chocolate King 233

23 Those German banks 244

24 A raid by the Vikings of finance 255

25 Dead-end trails 265

26 United by marriage, united by money 273

27 Star, star, Mega Star 286

28 The fourth man and FIFA 291

29 The 99 per cent and the future of tax havens 302

30 The cold heart of the offshore world 314

Epilogue 327

The revolution will be digitized: a statement John Doe 345

Acknowledgements 351

Glossary 355

Notes 359

Index 373

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