The 'Crown Prince of Samsung' was accused of bribing disgraced former president Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil to the tune of $40 million (£33.9m) in exchange for preferential treatment. In August 2017, Lee was sentenced to five years in prison, but just six months after initial sentencing, Seoul High Court suspended his sentence and he walked free. In 2022, Lee was granted a special presidential pardon on the grounds that he was 'needed back at the helm' of Samsung post-pandemic in order to take his place at the forefront of South Korea's economic recovery.
Rajaratnam was arrested for insider trading and prosecuted for the crime. The billionaire investor was eventually found guilty of 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud, and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on 13 October 2011, and fined $150 million (£115.4m). He served almost eight years of his sentence and was released in 2019. He immediately began promoting a book defending his actions, called Uneven Justice: The Plot to Sink Galleon.
The moneyed heir to his eponymous family business was arrested in June 2015 and convicted in March 2016 for paying government officials more than $30 million (£25.4m) in kickbacks. Although Odebrecht was handed a 19-year sentence for his crimes, it was reduced to 10 years in December 2016, and he stayed under house arrest at his luxury home until his early release in 2017.
Odebrecht announced that it would be changing its name to Novonor in 2020, in an attempt to distance itself from the scandals that had dogged the company.
Israel went on the run not long after and even attempted to fake his own death in order to elude the cops. The crooked billionaire was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in jail, and eventually surrendered to the FBI in July 2008. Israel was sentenced to an additional two years for absconding. In 2019 Israel asked the courts for leniency under the First Step Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump to allow older prisoners their freedom early. The judge declined, saying that "it would not promote respect for the law to go easy on white-collar criminals who have privileged backgrounds." Israel remains in prison to date and is not due for release until 2027.
Ebbers was indicted on 15 counts of false financial reporting in August 2003 and eventually convicted of nine felonies in March 2005. Four months later, the shady fraudster was sentenced to 25 years in a low-security jail for masterminding the scam. He died in February 2020 at the age of 78, just over a month after his early release due to health issues.
Brazilian oil and gas billionaire Eike Batista used to be the country's richest man. Not any more. After being found guilty of bribing and threatening government members, Batista received a 30-year sentence in July 2018.
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Batista got caught out in a nationwide probe into corruption called Carwash. Following the investigation Batista was convicted of paying $16.6 million (£14.1m) to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro for certain contracts.
In 2017 Batista was fined another $6.3 million (£5.3m) for insider trading. He was declared a fugitive when police raided his estate in Rio de Janeiro and found that he'd flown to New York a few hours previously. He returned voluntarily, only to be put under house arrest. In 2018, he was found guilty of bribery and sentenced to 30 years in prison. More money laundering and insider trading charges followed in 2019. He remains under house arrest, pending appeal.
Madoff confessed to transforming his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme during the 1990s and pleaded guilty in March 2009 to 11 financial felonies. The infamous fraudster was eventually sentenced to a staggering 150 years in prison for the scheme, the maximum possible sentence allowed. He died in prison in April 2021, aged 82.
Ding Yuxin the billionaire chairwoman of Boyou Investment Management Corp, confessed to bribing the then Chinese railways minister Liu Zhijun (pictured) huge sums of money in return for contracts and introductions. Between 2008-10, she confessed to the court that she'd won around 49 million yuan ($27 billion/£22.8m) in lucrative contracts from Zhijun. In 2014, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, fined $404 million (£340.3m) and had personal property confiscated.
Liu Zhijun fared even worse for accepting the bribes. He was sentenced to death, with a two-year reprieve, for the crimes of bribery and abuse of power. Suspended death sentences in China don't tend to mean death and are usually commuted to life imprisonment. Liu is still likely to spend at least 10 years in jail.