Special Report

Famous Americans Who Are No Longer US Citizens

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Denise Rich (1944-)
> Occupation: Singer
> Year citizenship renounced: 2011

The Grammy-nominated singer, former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, and wealthy socialite gave up his U.S. citizenship in 2011 and has lived in London ever since. The move is largely believed to be to avoid a hefty U.S. tax bill on her estate. She is also a citizen of Austria.

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Eduardo Saverin (1982-)
> Occupation: Entrepreneur
> Year citizenship renounced: 2011

Eduardo Saverin, whom people know as the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Mark Zuckerberg, as seen in the movie “The Social Network,” renounced his U.S. citizenship ahead of the company’s IPO launch in 2011. At the time, he owned 4% of the social giant and would have had to pay a lot of money in taxes. Born in Brazil, he is now a resident of Singapore.

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Tina Turner (1939-)
> Occupation: Singer
> Year citizenship renounced: 2013

Tina Turner became a Swiss citizen in 2013. The Tennessee native relinquished her American citizenship because, she said at the time, she had lived in Switzerland for 20 years, was happy there, and could not imagine a better place to live.

Roger Ver (1979-)
> Occupation: Investor
> Year citizenship renounced: 2014

Bitcoin entrepreneur and activist Roger Ver renounced his citizenship in 2014 for reasons, he said, that have nothing to do with taxes. One reason he does point out is the fact that he went to federal prison. (He served 10 months in prison in 2005 for selling explosives like fireworks on eBay.) He has obtained citizenship of the Caribbean country Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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Boris Johnson (1964-)
> Occupation: Politician
> Year citizenship renounced: 2016

The current prime minister of Great Britain was born in New York City. His family moved across the pond when he was 5 and he had held dual citizenship since then. In 2016, Johnson gave up his American passport. Though he has not spoken out about the specific reasons for the move, many believe he just didn’t want to pay taxes in the U.S. American citizens and dual citizens are required to pay American taxes on income received anywhere in the world.

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