Nicholas Shaxson

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Nicholas Shaxson
Born 1966 (age 51–52)
Occupation Author
Nationality British
Notable works Poisoned Wells, Treasure Islands

Nicholas Shaxson (born 1966) is a British author, journalist and investigator. He is best known for his investigative books Poisoned Wells (2007) and Treasure Islands (2011). He has worked as a part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led lobbying group focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.[1][2]


Shaxson was born in Malawi and educated in Britain. He has lived at various times in India, Brazil, England, Lesotho, Spain, Angola, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Since 1993 he has written on global business and politics for Vanity Fair,[3] Financial Times, Reuters, the Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, American Interest, the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy, and others.[1]

Shaxson currently lives with his partner and their two children in Berlin.[4]

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  1. ^ a b The Author: Nicholas Shaxson,, November 19, 2010
  2. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas, The truth about tax havens, The Guardian, January 8, 2011
  3. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas (August 2016). "The Great Trump Tax Mysteries: Is He Hiding Loopholes, Errors, or Something MoreE Serious?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson,, February 12, 2014
  5. ^ Alison Flood (6 March 2012). "New prize for radical writing announces shortlist". Retrieved May 2, 2012. 

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