In collaboration with 150 media outlets across 117 countries, the investigation reveals secret deals and assets of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people
In the biggest leak in the offshore world since 2013, the files were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
More than 600 journalists worldwide sifted through the ‘Pandora Papers’ as part of a global investigation among the ICIJ’s media partners, including The Guardian.
Almost 12 million documents were uncovered from companies hired by wealthy clients to create offshore structures and trusts in the world’s tax havens.
Clients included more than 100 billionaires, 30 world leaders, 300 public officials, as well as rockstars, celebrities and business leaders.
While benefiting from offshore entities is not illegal and can be legitimate, the practice’s secrecy has proven attractive to those seeking to take advantage of the system.
The Guardian worked on the investigation with other international media outlets such as France’s Le Monde, Ireland’s The Irish Times and the US’s Washington Post.
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