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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio born November 11, 1974 is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the early 1990s, after which he had recurring roles in various television series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. He also won his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, Appian Way Productions and is an environmentalist.

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Leonardo Dicaprio has been questioned by the FBI over his charity’s alleged ties to a $3.5?billion Malaysian embezzlement scandal whose “misappropriated” funds were used to bankroll his 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, according to reports.

The actor is facing calls to “give the dirty money back”. According to the US department of justice, certain donations to the Oscar-winner’s environmental charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, (LDF), came directly from billions of dollars siphoned from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

The department filed a complaint in Los Angeles last month in what has been called the world’s largest embezzlement case, with the FBI saying that at least $1?billion traceable to the conspiracy was laundered through the US and used to purchase “assets” there.

Owned by the Malaysian government, 1MDB had raised upwards of $8 billion. However, according to US authorities, $3.5?billion of that was “misappropriated” between 2009 and 2015.

According to the complaint, Jho Low, 35, a Malaysian businessman and a friend of DiCaprio’s, spent a third ofthe siphoned billions by himself.

Mr Low is said to have helped the LDF by buying marked-up champagne bottles at the actor’s birthday party in 2013 and paying $1.1?million for art at an auction to raise funds for the LDF.

The complaint also alleges that millions more were funnelled to Riza Aziz, the stepson of the Malaysian prime minister, whose production company Red Granite Pictures funded The Wolf of Wall Street. Though not directly targeted, DiCaprio is named as “Hollywood Actor 1” in a 136-page complaint filed by the US department of justice.

According to Le Temps, a Swiss daily, the FBI questioned Di Caprio.

This week, the Bruno Manser Funds, a rainforest charity active in Malaysian Borneo, called on DiCaprio to return money connected to 1MDB. Lukas Straumann, its executive director, told The Hollywood Reporter: “That is dirty money, and he should pay it back.”

Representatives for DiCaprio and LDF did not provide a requested comment.


Leonardo DiCaprio helped an elderly couple, who seemed clueless about his celebrity status, find their way in the city.

The Hollywood superstar was walking his dog near the Hudson River when he was approached by the couple. They apparently needed help getting around New York City.

“He was walking along with a friend and his dog, just strolling and right before sunset and an old couple was looking around and he walked up to them. It looked like they needed help.


American movie star Leonardo DiCaprio unveiled today a free technology that allows users to spy on global fishing practices, in a bid to curb illegal activity in the oceans and rebuild imperiled fish stocks.

The technology, known as Global Fishing Watch, was officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington today and tomorrow.

“Today, this unprecedented technology is available to everyone in the world. I encourage everyone to go check it out,” DiCaprio told the conference.

‘This platform will empower citizens across the globe to become powerful advocates for our oceans.’


Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has worked with Martin Scorsese in films like ‘Gangs of New York’ and ‘The Aviator’, has praised the filmmaker by calling him his director and friend.

Scorsese became the seventh recipient of the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award on Wednesday night here at Cipriani Wall Street, reports


SYDNEY, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) — A captain of a luxury charter boat has joined in the bandwagon and become the latest person to personally invite Hollywood heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio on a free trip to visit conservation efforts undertaken at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia.

DiCaprio had previously described the Great Barrier Reef as a natural attraction that was full of “dead zones”.

Last week, the Oscar winner reiterated the matter at the “Our Oceans Conference” held in Washington D.C. and was particularly vocal on the impact coral bleaching and global warming has had on the Great Barrier Reef.

“This year, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered what is thought to be the largest bleaching event ever recorded,” DiCaprio said.

“Over 600 miles of reef previously teeming with life is devastated. We are seeing this level of impact on coral reefs around the world,” he said.

Since that speech, DiCaprio has been inundated with offers to visit the reef coming from scientists to non-governmental organizations who had extended a “non-political” offer to the actor to show him the impacts of coral bleaching once again.

Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad was quoted as saying in Brisbane last week that the actor was “absolutely welcome to come to Australia, to come to Queensland and to come to the Great Barrier Reef.”

“I know he’s been there before and I really applaud his passion and his commitment to conserving and protecting the earth’s oceans,” she said.

The latest invitation from Aroona Luxury Boat Charters operator Ross Miller was for a week-long trip to the reef, News Corp reported on Thursday.

The eight-night voyage, worth 54,000 thousand Australian dollars (40,000 thousand U.S. dollars), would visit several key dive and snorkelling sites, including the stunning Ribbon Reefs, Miller said.

Miller, who has previously hosted billionaires on-board his boat, said he wanted to show the Revenant star that the Great Barrier Reef wasn’t in as bad a condition as many believed due to the recent widespread bleaching event.

“There’s many locations that we have been diving for the last 15 years that show serious signs of coral bleaching and other issues,” Miller said.

“There are also other sites that we are going to that still look pristine,” he said.


The actor previously made documentaries, including Virunga and The Ivory Game, on environmental issues. PHOTO: FILE

The actor previously made documentaries, including Virunga and The Ivory Game, on environmental issues.

TORONTO: Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio said he rushed to release his upcoming climate change documentary Before the Flood ahead of the US presidential elections in November, to issue a clarion call to voters and influence their decisions.

“We wanted this film to come out before the next election because the US is the largest contributor to this issue,” DiCaprio said, following the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We cannot afford, at this critical moment in time, to have leaders in office that do not believe in the modern science of climate change,” he added.

The film follows the Oscar-winning DiCaprio and actor-cum-film-maker Fisher Stevens as they travel from Canada’s oil sands to tiny Pacific islands. In the process, they interview world leaders such as the Catholic Church’s Pope Francis and current US President Barack Obama, climate scientists and academics.

DiCaprio’s interview subjects discuss and document the negative impacts of industrialisation and increasing consumption on the health of the planet. “The fact that we are still debating any of this is just utter insanity to me,” DiCaprio said.

The actor, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for playing a fur trapper battling nature’s elements in The Revenant, was an executive producer on 2014 Oscar-nominated documentaryVirunga. The film shed light on threatened gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, he is an executive producer on Netflix documentary The Ivory Game, about Africa’s illegal ivory trade, which is also making its debut at the festival.

Before the Flood will be out in New York and Los Angeles theatres on October 21 and then, be aired on National Geographic globally on October 30. It calls out the sizable minority of Republican lawmakers who flatly deny the broad, scientific evidence that human activity is causing environmental damage and even names presidential candidate Donald Trump and former candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. It seeks to effect a balance between making clear that the earth is facing a massive danger while also offering audiences a glimmer of hope that catastrophe can be averted.

The gloom came from DiCaprio and the hope from Stevens, the pair said in the question and answer session that followed the screening. The film also criticises those who fund anti-environment groups for commercial gains. “The Koch brothers aren’t denying it, they just want to make money,” Stevens said, referring to Charles and David Koch who have founded and funded conservative and libertarian political organisations.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2016.

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