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Helmut Newton

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Helmut Newton


Helmut Newton is one of the most famous names in fashion photography. His photos have been featured on the cover of Vogue many times and he has photographed models including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Grace Jones. He died in 2004 following injuries from a car accident and is buried in Berlin.

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Helmut Newton and a family member were linked to a numbered client account with HSBC, “3144FY,” from 1994 to 1999. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that the Newtons had in relation to the account. Another HSBC client account was opened on January 26, 2004, three days after his death, in the name of the “Newton Helmut Stiftung” (Helmut Newton Foundation), based in Zürich. The maximum amount in this account in 2006/2007 was $35,528.


Andreas Behr, Board Member of the Helmut Newton Foundation (HNF), said that the foundation’s “bank account forms (and always has formed) part of the HNF’s annual accounts which each year are audited by a Swiss accounting company, whose work is, in accordance with Swiss law.” Behr added that the process is “supervised by the Swiss supervising authority, the Eidgenössische Stiftungsaufsicht in Bern.” Concerning the fact the bank account was opened three days after Helmut Newston’s demise, Behr observed that “the opening procedures for the bank account were initiated during the lifetime of Helmut Newton, but since the HNF already existed as an independent legal body by the time of his unexpected death and his wife June continued the great personal and financial support, the HNF was able to carry on also after his death.”