Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue
|Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue|
|2nd Vice President of Equatorial Guinea|
21 May 2012
|President||Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Born||1971 (age 42)|
|Alma mater||Pepperdine University|
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (born c. 1971, nicknamed Teodorín) is the son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea, by his first wife, Constancia Okomo. He has been Second Vice President of Equatorial Guinea since May 2012 along with former Premier Ignacio Milam Tang. Previously, he served for years as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in his father's government.
Nguema Obiang studied at l'Ecole des Roches of Normandy, a French private school, he also spent 5 months at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. However according to The Times, Obiang is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
The New York Times reported in 2004 that he was "a rap music entrepreneur and bon vivant, fond of Lamborghinis and long trips to Hollywood and Rio de Janeiro".
He drew criticism from the international media for spending close to R10,000,000 over a weekend in South Africa on champagne, property renovations, a black 2004 Bentley Arnage, a cream 2005 Bentley Continental R from MG Rover Cape Town and a 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago, although the properties may soon be forcibly auctioned due to his failure to pay a South African businessman. American law enforcement officials believe that most or perhaps all of his wealth comes from corruption connected to oil and gas reserves in Equatorial Guinea.
Obiang's foreign interests include two houses in South Africa, worth a combined R50,000,000, a $31,000,000 compound in Malibu, California, a 5,000 square feet (460 m2) home on Avenue Foch in the affluent 16th arrondissement of Paris, and the hip hop music record label TNO Entertainment. In 2008 he owned one of the 30 models of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 sports car (estimated at 1,100,000 euros) and a Maserati MC 12 at 700,000 euros. He went on to purchase another Bugatti Veyron, and tried to purchase a third. In late 2011, both Veyrons, as well as 9 other cars he owned were seized by French police investigating corruption.
In October 2011, seven years after the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations exposed the Obiang family’s secret accounts at Riggs Bank in Washington and five years after non-profit Global Witness discovered his Malibu mansion purchase — the US Justice Department went to court to seize $70 million (£44m) of Nguema’s US assets, which include a Gulfstream jet, yachts, cars and Michael Jackson memorabilia.
On 11 June 2012, the Department of Justice (DoJ) filed an amended complaint against Obiang, after a judge requested more evidence of the alleged corruption. The revised complaint states that Obiang spent $315 million on properties and luxury goods between 2004 and 2011. According to the complaint, Obiang, while Minister of Forestry, levied personal “taxes” against local and foreign timber companies for licenses to operate and export timber, such as a $28.80 tax for every log exported, to fund his lavish lifestyle. The prosecutors state that his expenditures “were inconsistent with both his official salary of less than $100,000 per year, and the fraudulent income he purportedly generated from his companies.”
In July 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Obiang. Earlier on in the year in February, a Parisian mansion belonging to Obiang, worth around Euro 100 million, was raided by French police and they discovered luxury goods inside worth millions of euros. The mansion was seized by French authorities in August 2012. In response, Equatorial Guinea filed a case against France in the International Criminal Court accusing France of breaching the diplomatic immunity of its representatives and premises.
It was reported in 2005 that he was to be made vice president of Equatorial Guinea, which, according to the constitution would allow him to accede to the presidency upon his father's retirement. He was eventually elevated to the post of Second Vice-President, in charge of defense and security, on 22 May 2012 alongside ex-PM Ignacio Milam.
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