Carlos Hank Rhon
- Mexican nationality or passport
Carlos Hank Rhon is a Mexican billionaire and co-owner of Grupo Financiero Interacciones and Grupo Hermes. For the last 50 years, the Hanks have been considered one of the most influential families in Mexico. Forbes puts his fortune at more than $2 billion and has ranked his family among the 800 wealthiest families in the world. However, the origin of the Hank family fortune (which was begun by Carlos’ father, the well know politician Carlos Hank Gonzalez; Carlos’ son and Carlos’ brother Jorge) has been the subject of investigations, controversy and official scrutiny. In 1999, a preliminary report on the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center’s “Operation White Tiger” leaked to the press and linked the Hank family to drug trafficking and money laundering for the Tijuana drug cartel. Janet Reno, then attorney general, disavowed the report. Carlos Hank Rhon, who controlled the Laredo National Bank, which was also named in the report, in June 2001 agreed to pay a $40 million fine to the U.S. Federal Reserve for hiding the names of the real owners of the bank. Even before that, Carlos Hank Rhon was investigated for money laundering by Mexican, Swiss and French judges. They were trying to establish the origin of bank transfers — allegedly connected with drug cartels — made to Enrique and Raúl Salinas de Gortari, brothers of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Carlos Hank Rhon admitted that he made the transfer to Raúl Salinas when he was questioned by Mexican authorities. However, he did not give more details. Enrique Salinas and his wife were acquitted of the money laundering accusations by a French judge in 2006. There are no pending charges against the Hank family.
Carlos Hank Rohn became an HSBC client in 2005. He was the beneficial owner of a client account under the name “Hmex Pte. Ltd.” He later stopped being in that position, as Hank Rohn’s files listed his profile for this account as “stricken .” “Hmex Pte. Ltd.” had 10 bank accounts that together held as much as $158 million in 2006/2007. Hank Rohn was also linked to a numbered client account with one bank account which held as much as $20.1 million in 2006/2007. The leaked files do not specify the exact role he had in relation to this account.
Carlos Hank Rohn declined to comment. (Information updated Feb. 9, 2015)