the panama papers universe

This is what a web of secret shell companies looks like

How to make sense of the #PanamaPapers and the info in our investigation, Dirty Little Secrets? This is a data map of the intersection between clients, shareholders, companies and incorporation agents who have used Mossack Fonseca’s services. It represents just over a third of all the data we have access to through the leak. We’ve chosen to show you 115,373 of the most connected entities so you can see how, in many case, individuals are actually related in some way.

What does that say? It tells us that the people who create shell companies through Mossack Fonseca move in similar circles.

You will notice the option to select, “Leticia Montoya,” who is a Mossack Fonseca employee. Through the documents, we have connected her with at least 10,000 companies as a stand-in director or shareholder. Montoya earns around $900 a month in the HR department of the company.

The other option is to see companies that are in some way connected with the United States.

For more of Fusion’s coverage on the Panama Papers, check out our related stories on how to easily set up a shell corporation with no ID; what politicians pop up in the papers; and how some of those embroiled in the FIFA scandal are in the Panama Papers, too. And if you want more background on how these corporate structures work, ask a porn star and pro-wrestler Hillbilly Jim.