The city’s culture of conspicuous consumption and corruption has made it a hot destination for oligarchs, financial criminals and others who seek a tropical haven for their riches. Here are a few of the area’s property owners and residents, with their countries of origin.
Bio: Casino and gambling hall magnate whose businesses have thrived under longtime allies President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Néstor Kirchner. Shortly before leaving office in 2007, the latter issued a decree extending for twenty-five years López’s license to run slot machines at the Palermo racetrack.
Florida property: $1.6 million condo at Trump Tower, owned by an LLC called TT1-4301, of which he is the manager.
Bio: CEO of London-based ENRC, a mining firm owned by three oligarchs with close ties to Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev and accused of corrupt dealings in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Named Britain’s greediest CEO by the Daily Mirror.
Florida property: $4.6 million unit at a 51-story condo, Jade Beach, in Sunny Isles. Female companion has shipped 800 pounds of furniture from Kazakhstan to Miami.
Jorge Alberto Tito
Bio: A former member of the Carapintadas, according to Tiempo—the group of Argentine army veterans who mutinied against the democratically elected government of Raúl Alfonsín in the 1980s to block the prosecution of officials charged with human rights violations during the military dictatorship’s Dirty War.
Florida property: $1.1 million condo at Trump Palace, owned by a Florida company called TS 5, of which he is a director.
José Luis Manzano
Bio: Business magnate and former interior minister under Menem who famously declared, “I steal for the crown”—referring to the president.
Florida property: $1.0 million in two condos at Seacoast 5151, a few minutes drive from South Beach.