Nicholas Shaxson

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Nicholas Shaxson
Nicholas Shaxson speaks at Occupy London, Sun Street.jpg
Born1966 (age 55–56)
Notable worksPoisoned Wells, Treasure Islands

Nicholas Shaxson (born 1966) is a British author, journalist and investigator.[1][2] He is best known for his investigative books Poisoned Wells (2007) and Treasure Islands (2011).[3][4] 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.[5][6]


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,[7] the Financial Times, Reuters, The Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit,[8] International Affairs, Foreign Affairs,[9] American Interest,[10] the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy and others.[1][5]

In 2011, he published Treasure Islands,[11] one of the first in depth investigations into the world of offshore finance and financial secrecy which led him to work alongside James S Henry at the Tax Justice Network[12]

Shaxson currently lives with his partner and their two children in Berlin.[13]

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  • Shaxson, Nicholas (13 May 2008). Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-60532-9.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (6 January 2011). Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World. Bodley Head. ISBN 978-1-84792-110-9.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (11 October 2018). The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer. Bodley Head. ISBN 978-1-84792-538-1.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (1 January 2014). Le isole del tesoro. Viaggio nei paradisi fiscali dove è nascosto il tesoro della globalizzazione. Feltrinelli. ISBN 978-8807883590.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (1 January 2014). Las islas del tesoro : los paraísos fiscales y los hombres que se robaron el mundo. Fondo de Cultura Económica. ISBN 978-9877190052.


  1. ^ a b "Nicholas Shaxson".
  2. ^ "Results for 'nicholas shaxson' []".
  3. ^ "Nicholas Shaxson".
  4. ^ "Nicholas Shaxson". The Guardian.
  5. ^ a b The Author: Nicholas Shaxson,, 19 November 2010
  6. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas, The truth about tax havens, The Guardian, 8 January 2011
  7. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas (August 2016). "The Great Trump Tax Mysteries: Is He Hiding Loopholes, Errors, or Something MoreE Serious?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  8. ^ "The notion that the City needs to shrink is gathering momentum". 11 October 2018 – via The Economist.
  9. ^ "Nicholas Shaxson". 13 February 2018.
  10. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas (19 March 2014). "The Much-Too-Special Relationship".
  11. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas (2011). Treasure Islands. UK: Vintage. ISBN 9780099541721.
  12. ^ "Tax Justice Network". Tax Justice Network. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  13. ^ How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson,, 12 February 2014
  14. ^ Alison Flood (6 March 2012). "New prize for radical writing announces shortlist". Retrieved 2 May 2012.

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