Person of the Year

There’s only one prize whose winners include foul-mouthed Filipino leader Rodrigo Duterte, authoritarian Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and cigarette-smuggling, gangster-loving Montenegrin Premier Milo Djukanovic.

It’s OCCRP’s “Person of the Year” award, which since 2012 has singled out those who do the most to wreak havoc around the world through organized crime and corruption.

With this honor, OCCRP aims to promote accountability by shining a light on those judged to have done the most to bolster corruption and the political collusion that often accompanies it.

After a first round of nominations from journalists and members of the public, a group of judges with expertise in organized crime and corruption selects a winner and four runners-up.

Read more about this year’s winner, and past laureates, below.

Current champion
2020
2020
2020
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Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, has been named the OCCRP’s 2020 Person of the Year for his role in promoting organized crime and corruption.

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Joseph Muscat

Prime Minister of Malta directly responsible for increase in criminality and lack of prosecutions in Malta during his term.

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2019
2019
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Joseph Muscat

Prime Minister of Malta directly responsible for increase in criminality and lack of prosecutions in Malta during his term.

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2018
2018
2018
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Danske Bank

Largest bank in Denmark, enabler of large-scale money laundering through branch in Estonia.

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Rodrigo Duterte

President of the Philippines, responsible for more than 1,000 extrajudical killings, endorsing vigilantism and systematic violations of human rights.

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2017
2017
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Rodrigo Duterte

President of the Philippines, responsible for more than 1,000 extrajudical killings, endorsing vigilantism and systematic violations of human rights.

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2016
2016
2016
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Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela's ”Lord of Misrule,” whose corrupt and oppressive reign is so rife with mismanagement that citizens of his oil-rich nation are literally starving and begging for medicine.

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Milo Djukanovic

Montenegrin president with a long history of befriending organized crime figures, involving himself in corrupt practices, and bribing voters.

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2015
2015
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Milo Djukanovic

Montenegrin president with a long history of befriending organized crime figures, involving himself in corrupt practices, and bribing voters.

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2014
2014
2014
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Vladimir Putin

Russian President who turned his country into a major money-laundering center; enabled organized crime in Crimea and in the Donbass region of

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Romanian Parliament

The European legislative body that did the most in 2013 to advance corruption — by making it legal.

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2013
2013
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Romanian Parliament

The European legislative body that did the most in 2013 to advance corruption — by making it legal.

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2012
2012
2012
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Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijani leader whose family grabbed large shares of the country's most lucrative industries, including telecoms, minerals, and construction, often through government deals.

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