1. John McAfee
After Intel bought him out for $8 billion, software guru and billionaire John McAfee moved to Belize. In 2012, he was brought in for questioning in Belize, after his neighbor, Gregory Faull was shot to death. The police burst in on him when he was in bed with his girlfriend. McAfee said he feared the police would kill him, and fled Belize. He ended up in a detention center in Guatamala for some time, before being deported back to the United States. The Belize authorities apparently aren’t pursuing McAfee, but Faull’s family is. They are suing him, claiming either McAfee killed Faull or ordered the killing. Two of his former girlfriends are named in the suit.
2. Michael Rockefeller
The son of billionaire Nelson Rockefeller, Michael graduated from Harvard and pursued his passion for exploration. While on a trip to New Guinea in 1961, he disappeared. Natives later admitted to having killed him. His body was never found. As cannibalism was rife in New Guinea in those days, many believe his killers feasted on his remains.
3. Arkady “Badri” PatarKatsishvili
A wildly successful Georgian business tycoon, Badri was responsible for the success of many Russian companies. He smoked and drank to excess, and was a larger than life controversial figure, who claimed that the Georgian government wanted him dead and planned to kill him. On the night of February 12, 2008, he complained of feeling unwell, collapsed and died at his home outside London. Doctors diagnosed the cause of death as a massive heart attack, but speculation was rife in the international press, that he had been poisoned by substances used by the KGB to bring on heart attacks, in effect, making murder look like a natural death. Incredibly, the multi-billionaire died intestate and the subsequent battle over his fortune was bitter and protracted.
4. Edmond J. Safra
Edmond J. Safra, a Jewish banker and many times billionaire, was staying at his Monaco penthouse when a fire took his life, in December of 1999. As someone has said, Monaco is a sunny place for shady people. Safra had been rumored to be involved in money laundering. It was also rumored that he had crossed the Russian Mafia and was on their hit list. He had 11 machine gun toting ex-Mossad bodyguards. But on the night he died, the guards were elsewhere and Safra only had two nurses in attendance. One of them, Vivian Torrente, died with Safra, barricaded in a bathroom that he refused to come out of. The other nurse, American Ted Maher, was arrested for setting the fire and signed a confession in French. He did not speak French, and claimed that two hooded men had broken into the apartment. Rumors swirled. Some said Safra had been shot, while others hinted that the Russian Mafia had been responsible. Safra’s glamorous widow, Lily, had been in her rooms at the apartment and escaped unharmed.
5. Wojciech Janowski
In May of 2014, multi-billionaire, Helene Pastor was gunned down in Nice, in a mafia style execution that killed her and her long-time chauffeur. Two men with shotguns fled the scene. Shortly after, police arrested her daughter Sylvia, and her long-time lover, Wojciech Janowski. Janowski, a Cambridge graduate and the Polish Honorary Consul to Monaco, had allegedly masterminded the plot and had paid a sports coach hundreds of thousands of dollars to arrange the killing. It was what the French would call a “crime crapuleux”. They did it for the money, some $20 billion worth of it.
6. Forrest Hayes
In November of 2013, Google executive and family man, Forest Hayes was found dead on his 50 foot yacht in Santa Cruz, California. Video footage showed Alix Tichelman, a high priced call-girl, originally from Georgia, casually drinking a glass of wine before abandoning an unconscious Hayes and fleeing the scene. He died from a heroin overdose, and the original charge of second degree murder was meant to signal she hadn’t done anything to help. She was lured back to Santa Cruz by the promise of a rich client waiting for her in a hotel and arrested.
7. Rebecca Zahau
The July 2011, death of 32 year old Rebecca Zahau, found nude, hanging from a banister in her billionaire boyfriend’s house, was deemed a suicide, even though she was bound hand and foot and traces of tape were reportedly found on her legs. A tee shirt was wrapped around her face and stuffed in her mouth. Her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, has since sold the house. Her family believes she was murdered. In 2013, they filed a wrongful death suit again Shacknai’s ex-wife Dina, his brother Adam and Dina’s sister, asking for $10 million in damages for killing Rebecca.