Italy: Valentino and Hundreds of Other Rich on ‘Tax-Dodger’ List

Hide the funds...go before the Italian courts.

Inquiring minds are gazing upon Italy where fashion tycoon Valentino Garavani and jewellery dynasty member Gianni Bulgari are among the ‘rich and famous’ that appear on a tax evader list and who had billions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts:

Investigators say the money may have been deposited in Switzerland to avoid paying Italian taxes.

London-based HSBC in March 2010 announced employee Herve Falciani, a computer systems worker with duel French-Italian citizenship, had stolen the information from the bank and smuggled it out of the country to France.

The list was subsequently passed on by French authorities to investigators in Italy.

The list of contains 6,963 bank accounts belonging to hundreds of Italian individuals and companies, of which 700 are under investigation, according to Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera.

More than six billion dollars were deposited in the accounts between 2005 and 2007, according to investigators.

Garavani – founder of the eponymous fashion house Valentino – and Bulgari appear alongside fashion designer Benato Baestra and as well as Italian actors and businessmen, according to the Corriere della Sera report.

Also on the list was the late famed spaghetti western director, Sergio Leone, who died in 1989. Investigators said they will question his heirs. As was award-winning actress Stefania Sandrelli. However Ms. Sandrelli already reported her ‘hidden funds’ when she took advantage of one of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s amnesties.


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