Over the last three years, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has set up at least three private equity funds, incorporating in countries like the United Kingdom and soliciting foreign investors from China and elsewhere. His most recent venture was first disclosed in a Nov. 27 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Bloomberg Politics' Joshua Green laid out the web of Bush's financial dealings in a new report Thursday, revelations that raise both substantive and practical questions about his prospects for a presidential candidacy in 2016.
Bush was named chairman and manager of BH Global Aviation, described by Bloomberg as a "new offshore private equity fund" that raised $61 million in September. It was incorporated in November in the United Kingdom and Wales, which experts told Green functioned as a tax haven for overseas investors.
According to Bloomberg, Bush has also launched another $26 million fund, supported by a Chinese business conglomerate, and a $40 million shale oil exploration fund in the last two years through a Florida-based holding company. All three funds are under the auspices of Bush's Florida company Britton Hill Holdings.
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