James S. Henry

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James S. Henry is an American economist, lawyer, and investigative journalist. He is an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an INSPIRE Fellow at its Institute for Global Leadership.[1] Henry has written extensively on the problems of financial secrecy, capital flight, tax evasion, tax justice and developmental finance.[2] Henry is, along with Nicholas Shaxson, a founding member and senior adviser of the Tax Justice Network.[3]

Early life[edit]

Henry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.[4]


In August 2019, Henry tweeted that Joseph Kennedy III "should focus on his family’s considerable mental health issues".[5][6][7] The tweet was retweeted by former Ed Markey aide Paul Tencher who, following an outcry, apologized for doing so, saying it had been an accidental retweet of a "despicable and abhorrent" post and that Henry should be "banned from Twitter".[5][7][8]


Before James wrote Blood Bankers and founded technology and IT consulting firm, Sag Harbour, James was chief economist at McKinsey & Co.[1]


  • The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy (2005)[9]
  • Pirate Bankers: First-Hand Investigations of Private Banking, Capital Flight, Corruption, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, Terror Banking, and the Continuing Global Development Crisis (2006)

Personal life[edit]

Henry and his family live in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b James S. Henry (2 April 2010). "James S. Henry". The Nation. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "James S. Henry". yale.edu. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Our senior advisers". Tax Justice Network. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Biography: James S. Henry". The Education Forum. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b O'Shea, Kerry (August 23, 2019). "Joe Kennedy furious over family mental health tweet by Senator Markey top aide". Irish Central. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Browne, Bette (September 11, 2019). "No ordinary Joe can follow in the footsteps of a political dynasty". Irish Examiner. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Wallace, Danielle (August 21, 2020). "Sen. Markey apologizes to Rep. Kennedy for 'insensitivity' of aide's mental-health retweet". FOX News. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  8. ^ McGrane, Victoria (August 20, 2019). "Markey aide apologizes for sharing 'despicable' message about Kennedy family". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  9. ^ James S. Henry (16 December 2014). The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-07486-0.