In early 2015, an anonymous source using the pseudonym “John Doe” made the massive documents, now known as Panama Papers, available in batches to German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The information documents transactions as far back as the 1970s and eventually totaled 2.6 terabytes of data.
The newspaper, according to Wikipedia, enlisted the help of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which distributed the documents for investigation and analysis to some 400 journalists at 107 media organizations in 76 countries.
The first news reports based on the papers, and 149 of the documents themselves, were published on April 3, 2016 and the ICIJ plans to publish a full list of companies involved in early May 2016.
The Panama Papers are a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca, including the identities of shareholders and directors of the companies.
Panama papers show how wealthy individuals, including public officials, hid their assets from public scrutiny.
The British Virgin Islands was home to half of the companies exposed and Hong Kong contained the most affiliated banks, law firms and middlemen.
The full list is reproduced below:
Heads of state
Argentina Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
Saudi Arabia Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Former heads of state
Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of Qatar
Sudan Ahmed al-Mirghani, former President of Sudan
Heads of government
Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland (resigned April 5, 2016)
Former heads of government
Georgia (country) Bidzina Ivanishvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia
Iraq Ayad Allawi, former Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
Jordan Ali Abu al-Ragheb, former Prime Minister of Jordan
Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar
Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine
Moldova Ion Sturza, former Prime Minister of Moldova
Other government officials
Algeria -Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
Andorra -Jordi Cinca, Minister of Finance
Angola -José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
Argentina – Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús
Botswana- Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
Brazil – Joaquim Barbosa, former President of the Supreme Federal Court,Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies,Edison Lobão, Member of the Senate and former Minister of Mines and Energy,João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Cambodia – Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
Chile -Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate
Democratic Republic of the Congo,,Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly
Republic of the Congo – Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
Ecuador – Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General,Pedro Delgado, cousin of President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and former Governor of the Central Bank
France – Patrick Balkany, Member of the National Assembly and Mayor of Levallois-Perret,Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget,Jean-Marie Le Pen, former president of the National Front and father of current party leader Marine Le Pen
Greece – Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
Hungary – Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
Iceland -Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance,Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, Member of Reykjavík City Council (resigned April 5, 2016),Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
India -Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch, Anil Vasudeva Salgaocar, A Goa-based mining baron and former MLA
Kenya -Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Malta -Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health
Nigeria -James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
North Korea -Kim Chol Sam, Daedong Credit Bank representative based in Dalian and presumed high official
Palestine -Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
Panama – Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
Peru -César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
Poland -Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
Rwanda -Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
Saudi Arabia -Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
Sweden -Frank Belfrage, former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
United Kingdom -Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of Lords,Tony Baldry, former Conservative MP for Banbury,Michael Mates, former Conservative MP for East Hampshire,Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
Venezuela -Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army,Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA
Zambia -Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States
Relatives and associates of government officials
Argentina – Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner
Azerbaijan – Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev
Brazil -Idalécio de Castro Rodrigues de Oliveira, potential briber of the Brazilian President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha and a Portuguese entrepeneur
Canada -Anthony Merchant, husband of Senator Pana Merchant.
China -Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, convicted murderer and wife of former Minister of Commerce and Member of the Politburo Bo Xilai,Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping,Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former Member of the Politburo Jia Qinglin,Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng
Ecuador -Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo
Egypt -Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak
France -Frédéric Chatillon, business associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front,Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy,Nicolas Crochet, accounting associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front
Ghana – John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor
Guinea- Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté
Honduras -César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal
Ireland -Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy
Italy -Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell’Utri
India -Jehangir Soli Sorabjee, son of former attorney general Soli Sorabjee and a honorary consultant physician at Bombay Hospital,Harish Salve, India’s leading lawyers and son of N. K. P. Salve, member of the Indian National Congress party,Rajendra Patil, son-in-law of veteran Congressman and Karnataka Horticulture Minister Shamanuru Shivashankarappa and a businessman
Ivory Coast -Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo
Kazakhstan -Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Malaysia -Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his cousin
Mexico -Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto
Morocco -Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI
Pakistan -Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Russia -Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin
Senegal -Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade
South Africa – Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma
South Korea -Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo
Spain -Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I,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,Oleguer Pujol, son of Jordi Pujol i Soley, former President of Catalonia
Syria- Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousins of President Bashar al-Assad
United Kingdom -Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron
United Nations -Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Juan Pedro Damiani, Uruguayan member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
Eugenio Figueredo, Uruguayan American former president of CONMEBOL and vice president and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
Gianni Infantino, Swiss-Italian president of FIFA
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
Michel Platini, French former president of UEFA
Jérôme Valcke, French former secretary general of FIFA
Mattias Asper, Valeri Karpin, Nihat Kahveci, Tayfun Korkut, Darko Kovačević, Gabriel Schürrer and Sander Westerveld 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 footballer, account (with his mother) during Manchester United years
Lionel Messi, footballer for Barcelona and the Argentine national team
Brian Steen Nielsen, Danish former footballer and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Marc Rieper, Danish retired footballer
Clarence Seedorf, Dutch former footballer
Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine footballer
Iván Zamorano, Chilean retired footballer, account during Real Madrid years
Àlex Crivillé, Spanish former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
Nico Rosberg, German Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas
Jarno Trulli, Italian former Formula 1 driver
Tomas Berdych, Czech professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour, currently ranked world number seven
Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst
Agustín Almodóvar, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and former Miss World.
Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor
Franco Dragone, Italian Belgian theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
David Geffen, Hollywood mogul, co-founder of DreamWorks
Vinod Adani, Indian businessman, elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
Bank Leumi’s representatives and board members.
Hollman Carranza, son of Colombian emerald mogul Víctor Carranza
Rattan Chadha, Indian-born Dutch businessman, founder of Mexx clothing
Jacob Engel, Israeli businessman active in the African mining industry.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian businessman and politician
Anthony Gumbiner, British businessman, chairman of Hallman Group
Solomon Humes, Bahamian bishop of a small denomination
Soulieman Marouf, British Syrian businessman Nakash family members
Idan Ofer, London-based Israeli business magnate and philanthropist, founder of Tanker Pacific.
Igor Olenicoff, American billionaire
Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
K P Singh, Indian businessman
Frank Timiș, Romanian-born Australian businessman
Dov Weissglass, Israeli lawyer and business man who has been closely linked with the Middle East peace process, particularly under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Teddy Sagi, a London-based Israeli billionaire businessman founder of Playtech and the majority shareholder of Market Tech Holdings, which owns London’s Camden Market, and of two AIM-listed technology companies.
Jacob Weinroth, an Israeli attorney, founder partner of Dr. J. Weinroth & Co. Law Office and owner and director of Sapir Holdings.
Benjamin Wey, Chinese American financier and president of New York Global Group Main shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev
Mallika Srinivasan,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited and Indira Sivasailam (died in December 2008)
Abdul Rashid Mir, founder and CEO of Cottage Industries Exposition Limited (CIE) & Tabasum Mir
Zavaray Poonawalla, Brother of billionaire Cyrus S. Poonawalla and heads the managing committee of Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC)
Mohan Lal Lohia, Father of Sri Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation
Onkar Kanwar, Chairman & MD of Apollo Tyres
Garware family, family of Abasaheb Garware, was a pioneering industrialist from Maharashtra state in India
Shishir K Bajoria, promoter of SK Bajoria Group, which has steel refractory units
Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Marllory Chacón Rossell, Guatemalan drug trafficker.
Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa, Colombian drug trafficker, head of the Cifuentes-Villa Drug Trafficking Organization and partner of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán.
Rafael Caro Quintero, Mexican drug trafficker and one of the founders of the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel.
Iqbal Mirchi (died 14 August 2013), right-hand man of India’s most wanted criminal, Dawood Ibrahim
Gonzalo Delaveu, head of global corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Chile branch (resigned 4 April 2016)