BY John McCann, The Western JournalJanuary 27, 2023
1 year ago

Third-Richest Man in the World Tumbles from Position, Has Billions of Net Worth Evaporated After Damning Report Is Released

It has been a rough week for one of the richest men on Earth after a large swath of his wealth was wiped away following a report alleging billions of dollars in fraud.

Gautam Adani, formerly the world's third-richest man, was knocked down to fourth place after his company was accused of "a brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme over the course of decades," according to Time magazine.

Shares in Adani Group companies took a hit of more than $50 billion following the report.

By Friday, Adani's personal net worth had dropped by more than $7 billion, the outlet reported.

The investment research firm Hindenburg Research released a report Tuesday about Adani's alleged malpractices, sending shockwaves through the financial world.

In its findings, the product of two years of investigation, the New York-based Hindenburg said Adani had added "over $100 billion in the past 3 years largely through stock price appreciation in the group’s 7 key listed companies, which have spiked an average of 819% in that period."

"Even if you ignore the findings of our investigation and take the financials of Adani Group at face value, its 7 key listed companies have 85% downside purely on a fundamental basis owing to sky-high valuations," the report said.

The firm also said Adani's companies have "taken on substantial debt, including pledging shares of their inflated stock for loans, putting the entire group on precarious financial footing."

"5 of 7 key listed companies have reported ‘current ratios’ below 1, indicating near-term liquidity pressure," the report said.

On top of the alleged financial malpractice, Hindenburg noted that Adani's brothers and other associates of the group have been accused of bribery and tax evasion.

Younger brother Rajesh Adani was accused by India's Directorate of Revenue Intelligence of "playing a central role in a diamond trading import/export scheme around 2004-2005," it said. "The alleged scheme involved the use of offshore shell entities to generate artificial turnover."

"Rajesh was arrested at least twice over separate allegations of forgery and tax fraud."

Hindenburg said it found that older brother Vinod Adani "manages a vast labyrinth of offshore shell entities" via "several close associates."

The report said shell entities established in tax havens such as Mauritius, the United Arab Emirates and the Caribbean allegedly allowed the Adani family to generate "forged import/export documentation in an apparent effort to generate fake or illegitimate turnover and to siphon money from the listed companies."

Gautam Adani got his start in the 1980s as an industrialist commodity trader, launching the Adani Group in 1988.

The group boasts a broad portfolio, owning and operating major infrastructure facilities such as airports, coal mines and ports in India and across the world, according to Time.

As of April, Adani held a net worth of around $118 billion, making him the world's third-richest man behind Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

The Adani Group released a statement Thursday in response to the Hindenburg report, calling it a "malicious combination of selective misinformation and stale, baseless, and discredited allegations.”

The statement did not address any of the allegations directly.


The Adani Group threatened legal action against Hindenburg.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: John McCann, The Western Journal

NATIONAL NEWS

SEE ALL

Judge Blocks Law Allowing Police To Arrest Illegal Immigrants

In a dramatic turn of events, a federal judge has suspended a contentious new Texas law designed to empower state police to detain migrants suspected…
3 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Donald Trump Takes Center Stage In Looking Senate Leadership Fight

In a seismic shift for U.S. politics, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his resignation. November will mark a significant leadership transition within the…
3 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Fani Willis Charged With Deputy DA Getting Paid $131K In 2023 From Former Biden Aide

In a twist that casts shadows on political impartiality, Fulton County’s Deputy District Attorney Jeff DiSantis finds himself at the center of controversy due to…
3 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Supreme Court Officially Takes Trump Immunity Case

In a move that has gripped the nation's attention, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined whether former President Donald Trump can claim immunity from prosecution…
3 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Judge Denies Trump Request To Pause $355M Ruling

In a remarkable turn of events, a New York appeals judge has denied Donald Trump's plea to stall a staggering $355 million judgment in a…
4 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

DON'T WAIT.

We publish the objective news, period. If you want the facts, then sign up below and join our movement for objective news:

    LATEST NEWS

    Newsletter

    Get news from American Digest in your inbox.

      By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: American Digest, 3000 S. Hulen Street, Ste 124 #1064, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, US, http://americandigest.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.
      Christian News Alerts is a conservative Christian publication. Share our articles to help spread the word.
      © 2024 - CHRISTIAN NEWS ALERTS - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
      magnifier