Forbes 400 now contains billionaire businessman who makes porn | R. O’ Brien

Business leaders, celebrities and individuals on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest individuals now including a porn king, a porn mogul and an Olympic medal-winning Olympian. Australians listed in list of world’s 400…

Forbes 400 now contains billionaire businessman who makes porn | R. O' Brien

Business leaders, celebrities and individuals on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest individuals now including a porn king, a porn mogul and an Olympic medal-winning Olympian.

Australians listed in list of world’s 400 richest billionaires Read more

But Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, does not make the list of the new client list, but another Australian founder of an oil and gas multinational does, with Denis O’Brien, estimated to be worth an estimated $1.3bn, making it to the 787-strong list of so-called “Red E” clients of an offshore trust, hidden from the tax authorities on the Caribbean island of Nevis, partly owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

American business honchos dominate the list in proportion to their US influence. Three other members on the list are American billionaires – a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, and hedge fund manager, John Paulson.

Other notables who are US citizens include two Bain Capital co-founders, Mitt Romney and David Packard; the former special envoy for religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Todd Vogt; billionaire Stephen Burroughs; and investment banker and philanthropist Steve Cohen. The only member of the list born outside the US is Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, a huge American sports franchise.

Other athletes on the list include Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Paralympian who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics; Russia’s five-time pole vault gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva; and the Spaniard, Alberto Contador, who won the Tour de France four times, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Olympic champion and dark horse Alysia Montano, from the US women’s 800m relay team, also featured, as well as Becky Gillies, who won bronze in the women’s 100m hurdles, and Jamie Nieto, whose double jump medal at the Athens Olympics made him a medalist at the world championships.

Forbes said its data was derived from account information leaked from HSBC’s Geneva branch, which in 2014 was implicated in money laundering, client lists obtained in an investigation into tax evasion by the French newspaper Le Monde, and from an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office into the Bank of America client information leaked by the tax accountant-turned-whistleblower, Hervé Falciani.

The list also includes figures from business, entertainment, finance, technology, fashion, publishing, and social causes, including the disgraced reality TV star Anthony Weiner, US charity executives Don and Jenny McCarthy, and the actor Nicole Kidman.

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