X Factor judge Simon Cowell , Margaret Thatcher’s son Sir Mark and golfer Sir Nick Faldo have been dragged into t he Panama Papers row.
The Duchess of York, film star Jackie Chan and a fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by David Cameron ’s wife were also named in the unfolding scandal last night.
They became the latest high-profile figures identified among the 11.5 million files leaked from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.
There is no suggestion that the people named have done anything illegal.
Prime Minister Mr Cameron was under mounting pressure for his failure again to say whether he or his family previously benefited from his late father’s offshore investments.
Tax dodging, fraud and evasion costs the Treasury an estimated £34billion a year. The files revealed last night linked A-listers, Premier League stars and even royalty to the exposé into alleged tax avoidance.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell was named in the papers, plus Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills and Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Sir Nick Faldo was allegedly the sole shareholder of British Virgin Islands company Blenhim Road Ltd, set up in 1995 and shut down in 2009. The golfer declined to comment.
Chelsea footballer Willian, 27, was identified as the sole shareholder in a British Virgin Islands-based company called Saxon Sponsoring Limited, set up in September 2013.
His UK address was given as Chelsea’s training ground in Surrey. A spokesman for the Brazilian told The Guardian the firm ?was dormant before being closed last year.
He said: “Saxon was incorporated before Willian’s employment by Chelsea FC and was dormant following his arrival in the UK.
They added that “Saxon was subsequently liquidated and dissolved and that following Willian’s arrival in the UK, Saxon was never active nor did it receive any payments”. Willian moved to Stamford Bridge in 2013.
Former England striker Andy Cole , 44, was alleged to have used a firm called Crewzen Finance Limited to own a semi-detached house in Nottingham, according to The Guardian.
He bought the property in his hometown in 2009 for £84,000. He declined to comment.
Martial arts star Jackie Chan, 61, has owned at least six offshore companies based in the BVI, according to the documents, including Jumbo Jaz Investment, Jackie Chan Ltd and Dragon Stream Ltd. The Hong Kong-born actor was unavailable for comment.
Film director Stanley Kubrick, behind classics such as A Clockwork Orange, spent the last decades of his life in a grand 18th-century manor in Hertfordshire.
The Guardian reported the property was transferred to offshore companies controlled by Kubrick’s daughters.
After his death in 1999, ownership of the house passed to three firms registered in the British Virgin Islands. The move could have saved the family hundreds of thousands of pounds in inheritance tax.
Documents from Mossack Fonseca reveal a complex network of offshore companies used by the family to own assets, including the profits from some of Kubrick’s movies.
The house is now owned by Anya K Holdings Ltd, Vivian K Holdings Ltd and Katharina K Holdings Ltd, it was reported.
Serbian fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic, whose clothes have been worn by Samantha Cameron, is shareholder of Greenland Property Limited in the BVI, the papers said.
A spokesman for the designer, who lives in North London, told The Guardian Greenland was dormant with no assets, adding: “Roksanda does not avoid tax or obscure ownership of her assets.
“Indeed, she is taxed in the UK on her worldwide income and gains, subject to any double taxation treaties in place with the UK Revenue.”
The leaked papers triggered fresh accusations about Tory attempts to block an EU crackdown on tax havens. Last year Government lobbied against its proposed blacklist, featuring Bermuda and Panama.
It was branded “deeply unhelpful” in a Government briefing, signed off by Treasury Minister David Gauke and circulated to Tory MEPs.
Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder said: “Tories must stop turning a blind eye to global tax avoidance and start supporting EU measures to tackle it.”
Duchess of York was linked to Essar Company Inc, set up in the British Virgin Islands in May 2000.
Essar held “certain of her interests”, according to letters from her lawyers revealed in the files. At the time, it owned trademarks for Little Red, a series of books she wrote.
Her spokesman said: “Essar was formed by the partners who were to develop business opportunities with the Duchess. Had any of the intellectual property generated income or gains or other profits, it would have been disclosed as part of her normal tax filings.”
Former royal butler Paul Burrell was listed as a shareholder of Black Dragon Group Ltd which is based in the British Virgin islands, according to reports.
He and wife Maria have held shares in the firm since 2008. Before that, they were owned through a Jersey- based trust company.
Black Dragon was managed by Whitmill Trust, but after the fees became “too high”, Mossack Fonseca was suggested as a possible registered agent for the company in 2008.
It was unclear whether the company was ultimately transferred.
Margaret Thatcher’s son Sir Mark is listed as the beneficiary of a trust that owns a house in Barbados.
A web of companies shields his ownership of the property, where his family spend time every year, reports said.
The trust, managed by Guernsey-based Harbour Trust, owns British Virgin Islands firm Calva Holdings Ltd. This owns another BVI company, which owns the Barbados property.
Trust managers wrote to Mossack Fonseca: “We are extremely careful to maintain client confidentiality.”
Sir Mark was unavailable for comment.
Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills was named as a shareholder of Water 4 Investment Ltd, which was set up to create health foods.
However, Ms Mills said the £1million investment ended in a long legal battle.
The company planned to develop technology to extract the fatty acids usually found in fish oil from algae.
She owned 100 shares in the British Virgin Islands company; the other 898 were owned by another investor.
Ms Mills said: “I can say hand on heart I am a straight taxpayer and you will never find anything on me.”
Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell is the sole shareholder of two British Virgin Islands companies, the leaked files revealed.
Southstreet Ltd was set up in February 2007 and Eaststreet Ltd in October 2007, when the music mogul was planning to buy two plots of land in Barbados, where he regularly goes on holidays.
His spokesman told The Guardian: “The companies were set up not by my client but by accountants acting for him as a common means for an overseas investor to purchase property in Barbados.
“My client, however, preferred to purchase them transparently in his own name.
“Therefore, the companies were never used for anything at all.
“I can also confirm on behalf of my client that he has not used any offshore companies for any purpose whatsoever.” The music tycoon, 56, is worth an estimated £325million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
He divides his time between his homes in London and Los Angeles, which he shares with his partner Lauren Silverman.
The couple have a two-year-old son called Eric, named after Cowell’s late father.
The family are often pictured in Barbados, where Cowell indulges his passion for jet skiing.