The Paradise Papers is a major new leak of documents from two offshore services firms based in Bermuda and Singapore, as well as from 19 corporate registries maintained by governments in secret offshore jurisdictions. The documents were obtained by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which organized a collaborative investigation with dozens of outlets across the world, including the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
They reveal a whole world of offshore machinations by some of the wealthiest people on Earth that is usually completely obscured from public scrutiny.
In the 21st century, money crosses borders more easily -- and with less oversight -- than people. Read on below to see what months of investigation has uncovered about an enormous, and sometimes deeply troubling, segment of the global economy.