Dan Gertler

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NationalityIsraeli
SpouseAnat Gertler

Dan Gertler (born December 1973) is an Israeli billionaire businessman in natural resources whose grandfather, Moshe Schnitzer, co-founded the Israel Diamond Exchange in 1947. Gertler recalls a business lesson his grandfather, who died in 2007, imparted to him:

"Dan, you meet your bankers and you ask for credit only when you don’t need it. Just to secure it. Because when you need it, it is too late.”[1]

Big in the Congo

Dan Gertler is the founder and President of the DGI (Dan Gertler International) Group of Companies and has diamond and copper mining interests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with investments in iron ore, gold, cobalt, oil, agriculture, and banking. His Gibraltar-registered Fleurette Properties Ltd owns stakes in various Congolese mines through at least 60 holding companies in offshore tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands.[2]

Controversial deals

Gertler's deals have been under scrutiny by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank since 2012. He has been described as controversial[3] and says of himself, he should be awarded a Nobel Prize for his "work developing the Democratic Republic of the Congo".[4] The Panama Papers revealed deals carried out through Mossack Fonseca shell companies, among his many offshore companies. In November 2017, Gertler was named in the Paradise Papers documents as receiving a $45 million loan from Anglo-Swiss firm Glencore to negotiate and secure mining rights in the DRC.[5]

Trump blocks DGI assets

Effective 21 December 2017, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order under the Magnitsky Act that specifically named Gertler among the persons whose US-based assets are to be blocked.[6][7] In 2015 Gertler's fortune was estimated at $1.26 billion by Forbes magazine, and at least $2.5 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.[8]


References

  1. "Gertler Earns Billions as Mine Deals Leave Congo Poorest"
  2. "Fleurette Properties Ltd"
  3. Neate, Rupert (9 December 2012). "ENRC ends Congo mining deal with controversial billionaire Dan Gertler". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 December 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  4. Franz Wild, Michael J. Kavanagh and Jonathan Ferziger (5 December 2012). "Gertler Earns Billions as Mine Deals Leave Congo Poorest". Bloomberg Markets. Retrieved 8 May 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  5. "Israeli diamond mogul named in Paradise Papers"
  6. Trump, Donald (21 December 2017). "Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption". Whitehouse.gov.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  7. "Issuance of Global Magnitsky Executive Order; Global Magnitsky Designations". Treasury.gov.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  8. Joan Tilouine (7 April 2016). "Panama papers : Dan Gertler, roi du Congo et de l'offshore". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 8 May 2016.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
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