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Panama Papers: Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa and ex-wife named in leak, report says

Mario Vargas Llosa

Peruvian writer and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa delivers a speech at Casa de America in Madrid on March 29.

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A Spanish news website says a document in the massive leak of material from a Panamanian law firm shows that Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife were listed as shareholders in an offshore British Virgin Islands company for about a month in 2010.

However, a statement from Vargas Llosa’s literary agent said he was surprised to hear that the two were listed as shareholders with Talome Services Corp.

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News site El Confidencial said Wednesday it obtained the document from the cache of leaked material from law firm Mossack Fonseca. Its report says emails show a Vargas Llosa representative asked lawyers to remove Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife as shareholders on Oct. 6, 2010.


Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize the next day. El Confidencial says the company’s shareholders were changed from Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife to two Russians on Oct. 12.

The statement from Vargas Llosa’s agent says he and his ex-wife never interacted with Mossack Fonseca. It also says Vargas Llosa has complied with all tax regulations in Spain and elsewhere.

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