Factsheet Public Eye (formerly BD), 2013
All key people in the Beny Steinmetz Group (BSG), who are the object of an investigation in Guinea, live either on the shores of Lake Leman in Geneva or just next door in France. The organogram put together by the Berne Declaration (BD) shows that the Israeli billionaire, whose fortune represents between three and six times Guinea’s annual budget, has constructed an extremely complicated web of companies, which he controls from Geneva. This sophisticated structure enables him to diminish his legal responsibilities and optimise his taxes. The Geneva authorities seem not to be turning a blind eye however, having invited Steinmetz to appear before the public prosecutor on the 18 October. The organogram reconstructed by the BD demonstrates the extraordinary difficulties faced by judges when conducting enquiries into groups like BSG.