Recently published in the South China Morning Post is a fascinating tale of an American-born businessman who, intrigued by the concept of citizenship-by-investment, accumulated no less than eight passports (nine if you count the American citizenship he renounced) over the course of several decades.
Insulation from future US tax liability initially motivated the unnamed gentleman to obtain a citizenship in Cape Verde, a small island nation off the coast of western Africa, but the dearth of travel options that passport afforded him lead him Ireland, where he secured citizenship through a GBP1.5 million investment.
The man would eventually go on to also get Canadian, Belizean, Grenadian, Dominican and Kittitian passports before finally ending his intercontinental quest for global citizenship by becoming a naturalized UK citizen through long-term residence in Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory.
When his lawyer recently asked whether he would be interested in obtaining Cypriot citizenship, the man tersely commented “no, I think I’ve had my fill’. Eight, then, seems to be the magic number that answers the question How many citizenships are enough?