Nicholas Shaxson

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Nicholas Shaxson
Nicholas Shaxson speaks at Occupy London, Sun Street.jpg
Born1966 (age 52–53)
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] 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]

Shaxson currently lives with his partner and their two children in Berlin.[11]

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  • Shaxson, Nicholas (2008-05-13). Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-60532-9.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (2011-01-06). 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 (2014-01-01). Le isole del tesoro. Viaggio nei paradisi fiscali dove è nascosto il tesoro della globalizzazione. Feltrinelli. ISBN 978-8807883590.
  • Shaxson, Nicholas (2014-01-01). 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". the Guardian.
  5. ^ a b The Author: Nicholas Shaxson,, November 19, 2010
  6. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas, The truth about tax havens, The Guardian, January 8, 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". October 11, 2018 – via The Economist.
  9. ^ "Nicholas Shaxson". February 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Shaxson, Nicholas (March 19, 2014). "The Much-Too-Special Relationship".
  11. ^ How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson,, February 12, 2014
  12. ^ Alison Flood (6 March 2012). "New prize for radical writing announces shortlist". Retrieved May 2, 2012.

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