Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People 2021-11-15
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The Takeaway
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Publication Date |
Nov 15, 2021
Episode Duration |
00:45:46

Pandora Papers Expose Hidden Finances of World's Wealthiest and Most Powerful People

A global investigation of leaked documents called the Pandora Papers, published in October by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), exposed hidden financial secrets of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people.  South Dakota emerged as the top state in the US as a destination for wealthy and powerful people around the world to store millions of dollars in secretive trust funds. We talk to Casey Michel, author of “American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History,” about how South Dakota became an offshore tax haven, what it means, who benefits and who does it harm.

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