Arton in the News

International Business Times, UK | 2016-11-02

Forget Donald Trump and Theresa May’s rhetoric – we need more immigration, not less

Theresa May, Britain's new prime minister, declared recently in a speech that "if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere". Her views have been echoed across the Atlantic, where GOP candidate Donald Trump has vowed to erect a wall between the US and Mexico and "get the Mexicans to pay for it".

CNN Greece | 2016-10-17

Αυτά είναι τα 20 λιγότερο ισχυρά διαβατήρια στον κόσμο

Μπορεί το Brexit να πυροδότησε σενάρια ότι οι Βρετανοί θα αναγκαστούν να μπλέξουν στα γρανάζια της γραφειοκρατίας προκειμένου να ταξιδέψουν στο εξωτερικό, όμως το διαβατήριο του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου είναι το δεύτερο πιο ισχυρό στον κόσμο.

Emirates 24/7, UAE | 2016-10-05

These are the world’s least powerful passports

German citizens possess the world's most powerful passport, according Arton Capital’s Passport Index, with Britain and the US falling just short of the top spot. The index ranks every passport according to how many countries it allows the holder to enter without a visa.

Politico, Europa | 2016-09-29

Hungarian hole in the Schengen fence

When Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talks about migrants, he doesn’t usually mince words — unless, that is, they have money. Orbán has made fighting migration his signature policy stance, calling a referendum on the EU’s controversial quota scheme for the relocation of refugees and demanding “total control” over the bloc’s external borders as well as the creation of a “giant refugee city” in Libya to process asylum claims.

Kathimerini, Cyprus | 2016-09-19

Παγκόσμια πρωτιά Κύπρου για πολιτογραφήσεις

Την πρώτη θέση παγκοσμίως κατέχει η Κύπρος, μαζί με Γρενάδα και Άγιο Δομίνικο, σε θέματα που άπτονται της πολιτογράφησης πολιτών από την οπτική γωνία των επενδυτών, μετά και από τα νέα κίνητρα που έχουν ανακοινωθεί και, ιδίως, τη μείωση του ύψους της απαιτούμενης επένδυσης από τα 5 εκατ. ευρώ που ίσχυε προηγουμένως, για κάθε άτομο, στα 2,5 εκατ. Η κατάταξη αυτή αφορά σε δείκτη της εταιρείας Arton Capital, που ασχολείται αποκλειστικά με υπηρεσίες που συνδέονται με πολιτογραφήσεις στο πλαίσιο επενδύσεων.

World Economic Forum, USA | 2016-09-12

How powerful is your passport? Here are the 2016 rankings

A new ranking has revealed which nations have the most powerful passports. Passport Index ranks our travel documents by measuring the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.

AOL, USA | 2016-09-06

Can you judge a passport by its colour?

It turns out that the colour of a passport can actually help to identify sovereign nations. According to Business Insider, countries which are part of the same political or economic organisation usually have the same passport colour.

BBC, UK | 2016-08-02

Should the dark blue British passport be brought back?

For almost 30 years Britons have travelled the world clutching small burgundy books. But the question of what colour the British passport - for some a symbol of national identity - should be is not an easy one to answer.

Condé Nast Traveler, USA | 2016-07-22

Passport Index Tells You Every Country You Can Visit Without a Visa

You've finally booked that multi-stop trip around the world, have all your travel gear ready to go, and a step-by-step itinerary sketched out—then you panic. "Can I get into Cambodia without a visa?" "Is my Australian travel companion going to be able to breeze through immigration at the same destinations that I will?" Yes, the world of visa regulations—often leading to hours spent surfing impenetrable embassy websites or on the phone with bureaucrats in the capital—can be a confusing place.

Lifehacker, USA | 2016-07-21

Passport Map Shows You All the Countries You Can Visit With or Without a Visa

Depending on the passport you hold, it can be a breeze to visit another country, or it can be a maddening process that takes months of paperwork, clearance, visits to consulates or embassies, and the risk of getting denied anyway. Passport Map can help you figure out what you’re in for before you plan a trip.

TNW, Netherlands | 2016-07-19

Find out what rights your passport gives you with this oddly fascinating tool

If you often wonder what privileges your nationality grants you around the globe, Passport Index is the only tool you’ll ever need – and it’s oddly fascinating. Built by financial firm Arton Capital, it’s a Web-based interactive encyclopedia that will tell you everything you need to know about the rights your passport entitles you to.

inews, UK | 2016-06-24

Having an Irish passport just got a lot more desirable

Even before the referendum, demand for an Irish passport was soaring – in the months up to May, applications were up 14% on the same period in 2015. In the wake of the EU referendum result, Google searches for ‘Irish passport’ from the UK rocketed by more than 100%.

BQ Magazine, Qatar | 2016-04-06

Qatari passport 51st most powerful in the world

The Qatari passport has been ranked the 51st most powerful in the world, according to the latest Passport Index released by residency and citizenship solutions firm, Arton Capital. Qatar has a visa-free score of 75 and an individual ranking of 97.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2016-04-06

UAE passport tops GCC list for visa-free travel

This year's Passport Index, compiled by the financial advisory company Arton Capital, placed the UAE passport at 60 in the list, with Emirati's eligible for visa-free entry to 80 countries and visas on arrival at 40 more.


Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2016-04-06

UAE passport ‘most powerful’ in Gulf region

UAE's passport has been, yet again, ranked as the most powerful passport in the Gulf region, according to the latest edition of Arton Capital's Passport Index - a ranking system to reveal the benefits of each passport from around the world.  

7 days, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-21

UAE wealthy among top aid donors – but “it’s not enough”

"Ultra-high net worth" Emirati philanthropists donate an average of $10.2 million each over the course of their lifetime, according to a report.The UAE was ranked in the top 11 countries for donations by study authors Wealth-X and Arton Capital. But they and the UNHCR said claimed more is needed in light of the global refugee crisis.

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-21

Rich Emiratis donate on average $10.2m to charity

Emirati ultra high-net-worth, or UHNW, philanthropists donate on average $10.2 million per person over the course of their lifetime as super rich across the globe gave away $112 billion in 2014, a new research has revealed. According to the report by Wealth-X and Arton Capital, UHNW individuals globally donate $112 billion to charity each year, about 18 per cent of total philanthropic giving, which was just over $625 billion. Billionaires are responsible for a large share of this giving, donating $75 billion annually.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-20

Wealthiest Emiratis donate more than $10m during their lifetime

Some of the wealthiest Emiratis donate more than US$10 million each over the course of their lives, a study has found. These ultra-wealthy philanthropists are defined as those who have net assets of at least $30m.The global figure for such individuals is $28.7m, the report by Wealth-X, a global wealth intelligence provider and Arton Capital, an international financial advisory showed yesterday.

Huffington Post, USA | 2015-12-17

How The Ultra Wealthy Are Helping Amid The Refugee Crisis

While politicians continue to spar over the best way to handle the refugee crisis, many of the world’s wealthiest people have already come to an agreement on how to aptly address the situation. They’re opening up their wallets to provide food, shelter and security.

National Post, Canada | 2015-12-11

America’s Billionaire Entrepreneurs Give Nearly US$180 Million In Lifetime, More Than Other UHNW Donor Groups

America's billionaire entrepreneurs give, on average, US$179.5 million per person to various causes during their lifetimes — more than any other ultra high net worth (UHNW) donor group — according to a new report by Wealth-X and Arton Capital that also looked at the giving trends of ultra wealthy individuals and how the wealthy are currently giving back to the refugee crisis.

Fortune, USA | 2015-12-11

This Is a New Favorite Cause of the Super Rich

Self-made billionaires in the U.S. are giving the most to charity, donating on average $179.5 million per person over their lifetime, according to a new study. In contrast, the typical ultra high net worth (UHNW) philanthropist worldwide gives $28.7 million over his or her lifetime.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2015-10-29

A new passport in the market: Saint Lucia

A new citizenship-by-investment programme was launched by the Caribbean island Saint Lucia, opening for applications on 1 January, 2016.

St. Lucia Times, Saint Lucia | 2015-10-26

St. Lucia Announces its first Citizenship by Investment Programme

Saint Lucia’s first citizenship by investment programme was announced last week at Arton Capital’s 3rd Annual Global Citizenship Forum, by the country’s Prime Minister & Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-05-11

UAE passport ranks first among MENA countries

The UAE passport has risen in the ranks of a global passport index following the announcement of visa-free travel for Emiratis to Europe last week. The passport jumped from 47th place to 31st in Arton Capital’s Passport Index, placing it first among countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Market Watch, USA | 2015-04-20

Which passports are the best (and worst) to have?

How “powerful” is your passport? This is the question that the folks at Arton Capital have set out to answer. Arton, an advisory firm that helps people take part in citizenship and residency programs for investors, has created the Passport Index, which ranks travel documents based on how many countries their holders can visit without having to obtain a visa in advance.

Focus Online, Deutschland | 2015-04-17

Das ist der mächtigste Reisepass der Welt

Welcher Reisepass ist der mächtigste Welt? Diese Frage hat die Finanzberatungsfirma Arton Capital in einem Ranking beantwortet. Kriterium dabei: In welches Land können Reisepass-Inhaber ganz ohne Visum oder mit einem leicht zu beschaffenden Visum einreisen.

Spiegel, Deutschland | 2015-04-16

Visa-Regelungen: Die besten Pässe für Vielreisende

Deutschen steht die Welt offen, Burmesen oder Äthiopier dagegen haben erhebliche Visa-Einschränkungen. In einem Vergleich aller Reisepässe schneiden vor allem europäische Staaten sehr gut ab - und drei asiatische Länder.

Le Monde, France | 2015-04-16

Quel est le passeport le plus « fort » ?

Si vous aimez les passeports, leurs couleurs, les pictogrammes exotiques et sigles étranges qui apparaissent en couverture, vous aimerez sûrement passer un peu de temps sur le site Passeport Index, qui recense les documents de presque tous les pays au monde.

The Washington Post, USA | 2015-04-15

A ranking of the world’s ‘most powerful’ passports

Visa requirements are an interesting but overlooked indicator of international relations. Most countries require non-nationals to get visas before they enter their borders, but the requirements can differ a lot.

Design Taxi, USA | 2015-04-14

This Website Displays And Ranks The Passports Of The World

‘Passport Index’ is an interactive online tool that “collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world”. Arranged neatly according to a ‘power ranking’, the website shows you how powerful a country’s passport is.

CityLab, USA | 2015-04-13

Passports, Ranked by ‘Power’

Browse the world's passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

ZIZ Online, St. Kitts & Nevis | 2015-02-12

Antigua-Barbuda citizenship by investment programme ranked first in the region

Global immigrant investment company, Arton Capital, has ranked Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship by investment programme first in the region in its recently published semi-annual update of its Arton Index – the industry benchmark for global residence and citizenship programmes as perceived by investors.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-02-10

Passport to overseas success

As some areas of the Middle East lurch deeper into political tumult, wealth managers, law firms and financial brokers are earning big money as they advise on and manage the wealth of Arabs seeking citizenship in other countries through investment programmes.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-11-24

Navigating Global Citizenship

Government leaders and immigrant experts from Canada, the Caribbean, US and Europe gathered in Toronto for the second annual Global Citizenship Forum

Wealth-X News, Singapore | 2014-11-18

Wealthy Chinese Look Beyond The American Dream

"Chinese have traditionally dominated residency programs and they will now start to dominate the programs for citizenship over the next five years, because some countries are limiting Chinese applications,” predicts Armand Arton, CEO, Arton Capital.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-10-25

Caribbean passport: Gateway to Canada, Europe

Some of the most accessible citizenship programmes in the world are offered by countries in the Caribbean. And some of these programmes have just become even more accessible.

Bloomberg Businessweek, USA | 2014-10-10

Global Residence and Citizenship Council Announced

Wealth-X accepts the founding chair position for the newly-announced industry association. The non-partisan, not-for-profit body will address the opportunities and challenges of the movement of global citizens, which has intensified in the last decade.

TD Waterhouse, Canada | 2014-10-10

Global Residence and Citizenship Council Established

"The Global Residence and Citizenship Council will protect the reputation of the industry and serve as solid ground for the development and maintenance of best industry practices," Armand Arton, CEO of Arton Capital, one of the founding members and the brainchild behind the council.

CNBC, USA | 2014-10-05

How much do the ultra-rich give to charity?

The Wealth-X and Arton Capital Major Giving Index, which tracks trends in UHNW charitable giving, rose to 220 in 2013 - the highest level since the global financial crisis, and only 12 points below the all-time high of 232 set in 2006.

Wealth Professional, Canada | 2014-10-03

Arton Capital tempts HNWIs with tax holidays

A two-day Global Citizen forum in Toronto has attracted a wealth of political leaders and industry magnates who are interested in the hottest of alternative investment options.

WealthManagement, USA | 2014-10-03

The Wealthy are Giving More

Charitable giving by the rich has almost bounced back to pre-crisis levels, and some $86 billion in bequests are expected over the next 10 years.

Global News, Canada | 2014-10-03

Studying the rich on giving back

Much of the world’s wealth is controlled by a pretty small pool of people and getting them do to some good with all that cash is what an unusual conference in Toronto is all about.


Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-30

Quebec immigration window extended

Details regarding Quebec Investor Programme explained by Armand Arton, president and CEO, Arton Capital.

Arabian Business, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-18

How the Ukrainian crisis could cause tremors in the Gulf

According to a recent report by Arton Capital and Wealth-X, estimates that 6 percent of second passport applications are from Russians. The reasons for exploring this avenue remains specific to the individual but it is likely to be the draw of Immigrant Investor Programs and Citizenship by Investment Programs that attract them to consider dual residence and citizenship.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-11

The End of Canada’S Golden Ticket

The decision to terminate the 25-year-old Canadian Immigrant Investment Program (IIP), which attracted global entrepreneurs and investors from China and the Middle East, will benefit the European Union most, according to immigration experts.

Iafrica, South Africa | 2014-09-08

Visa red tape hurting SA investment?

The key to citizenship by investment is the long-term ties it creates is something that’s passed through generations - not only the business of the investor will be involved in with the country but the business of his children and grandchildren.

Yahoo Finance, USA | 2014-09-08

Toronto Proud to Host the Second Annual Global Citizen Forum

Prime ministers, government officials, international minds and industry leaders will gather at the Four Seasons in Toronto to share their vision on global citizenship. The future of global migration governance will be challenged and discussed by policy makers, industry leaders, and business strategists.

Campden FB, UK | 2014-07-30

Investor visas: The keys to the world?

Straitened economic times have brought a new lease of life to a well-established concept: investor visas. Cash-strapped governments looking for more ways to shore up their tax base and international investors seeking more global opportunities.

Mondaq, UK | 2014-07-28

Cyprus: Super Wealthy Opt For Second Citizenship

The Report "A Shrinking World: Global Citizenship for UHNW Individuals" conducted by Wealth-X, a leading UHNW prospecting and intelligence firm, and Arton Capital, global citizenship experts, offers a closer analysis of this trend, comparing various investment immigration schemes and exploring the reasons driving UHNW individuals to change citizenships or apply for a second one.

Spice4life, South Africa | 2014-07-24

Global Citizenship

Armand Arton, the CEO and founder of Arton Capital about financial industry, creativity and how to think outside the box. “The philanthropy side of finance is how it can be used for the greater good”.

CNBC Africa, South Africa | 2014-07-20

The Pros of Granting Citizenship to Foreign Investors

Selection_131 Countries are realising the potential of offering citizenship and residence to foreign investors to boost their economic stature. CNBC Africa speaks to Armand Arton, CEO, Arton Capital for more.

Dubai Media Incorporated, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-16

Firas Kaysi on Dubai Media Incorporated

Mr. Firas Kaysi, Vice President at Arton Capital, discussing Wealth-X and Arton Capital's report "A Shrinking World: Global Citizenship for UHNW Individuals" (in Arabic).

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-13

Canada Alert: Quebec cancels ‘lucky draw’ for investors

A major reshuffle of the highly anticipated Investors Programme of the Canadian province of Quebec is in the making and is soon to be announced. The changes are expected to lead to a bigger time frame for applications, but may mean more pressure on applicants to submit the correct documentation.

Executive Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-08

Lebanon’s financial sector braces for FATCA

The countdown is on, with just a month to go before the United States’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) goes live on July 1. Aimed at curbing tax evasion by American citizens, an estimated 26,000 foreign financial institutions (FFIs) around the world will have to be FATCA compliant or be shut out of the US financial system.

CNBC Africa, South Africa | 2014-06-20

The Pros of Granting Citizenship to Foreign Investors

Countries are realising the potential of offering citizenship and residence to foreign investors to boost their economic stature. CNBC Africa speaks to Armand Arton, CEO, Arton Capital for more.

Travel Ideas, South Africa | 2014-06-20

Your ticket to a foreign passport

Imagine a world free of visas, application fees, long queues at customs and intimidating officials: a world where as a global citizen you can choose where you want to live and work. With R10-million the world can indeed be your oyster.

Gulf Business, United Arab Emirates | 2014-06-14

Why The Middle East’s Ultra Wealthy Are Seeking Second Citizenship

For all the instability on its western banks, the Middle East had a good 2013 when it comes to individual wealth. Second citizenship offers greater stability and security, tax efficiency and ease of travel, among other benefits, say experts.

National Turk, Turkey | 2014-06-06

St. Kitts & Nevis’ten Türk yatırımcılara çağrı

Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis inaugurated the launch of Arton Capital’s operations in Turkey at a gala dinner co-hosted by Arton Capital and Sen International in Istanbul.

CNN Money, USA | 2014-06-04

Why the rich are ditching their home country

Increasing numbers of the wealthy global elite are saying goodbye to their home country and taking up residence elsewhere in an effort to preserve their riches.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-05-25

Here’s how you can become a European citizen

The ultra-rich from around the world find plenty of opportunities in the investment programmes of Europe, where both residency and citizenship would automatically lead to visa-free travel across the Schengen zone.

The Daily Observer, USA | 2014-05-13

Antigua & Barbuda’s CIP Ranked Sixth

Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) has been ranked as the sixth most attractive in a new global report.

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2014-05-07

Middle East’s ultra-rich eye second nationality

American singer Tina Turner enjoy the benefits of global citizenship programmes, renouncing her US passports to live in Switzerland. But the ultra-rich in the Middle East stand to gain even more from a second citizenship than merely a nice view and some tax perks.

DubaiEye, United Arab Emirates | 2014-04-29

Armand Arton on DubaiEye

Armand Arton, President and CEO at Arton Capital, gives insights into their recent report entitled "A Shrinking Word: Global Citizenship for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals".


Leadership, South Africa | 2014-04-09

The global citizen

The ideal world is a place without boundaries and limitation — where people can live and move freely and as they please, says Armand Arton, President and CEO of Arton Capital

Independent Online, South Africa | 2014-03-06

Borders open for wealthy business people

The business people from South Africa who have investments in selected European, Caribbean and North American states can now use their investments to obtain citizenship there and access more than 100 other countries without visas.

Opulent Living, South Africa | 2014-03-01

Empowering global citizenship in Africa

Owning a foreign passport has become a relatively painless process for many of the world’s high net-worth individuals who are seeking second citizenships for various reasons, including flexible investments options, wealth and estate planning or even just the freedom to travel.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2013-09-14

Middle East property investors embrace St Kitts citizenship perk

Property developers in the Caribbean Island of St Kitts are benefiting from rising demand from Middle East investors seeking visa-free travel perks. “The freedom to travel the world visa-free is a key element,” said Armand Arton, the president and chief executive of Arton Capital.

Gulf Business, United Arab Emirates | 2013-09-12

UAE “Does Not Have To Provide Citizenships”

Countries have become brands, and brands that strategically connect with stakeholders enjoy foreign investment, said Armand Arton, CEO and president of Arton Capital during the GCF 2013, Dubai.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2013-08-26

Global Citizen Forum to premier in Dubai next month

The Global Citizen Forum, which is a platform for exchange between all relevant Global Citizen stakeholders in an effort to build awareness, educate and promote the concept as a way of life, is set to take place for the first time in Dubai.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2013-04-01

Investing for US Citizenship

For foreigners, the EB-5 presents a relatively safe and attractive investment model, but more importantly, it provides the means to a passport over a five-year period, explained Nicolas Salerno, VP of Arton Capital.

Nacla, USA | 2012-12-21

Selling Citizenship in the Caribbean

Due to the decline of the traditional sugar and banana exporting industries, many cash strapped Caribbean islands have been resorting to an unusual and controversial method to raise revenue - offering citizenship.

The New York Times, USA | 2012-10-31

Island Havens for Investment Citizenship

In the past five years, political and economic conditions in the Middle East and North Africa, such as the financial crises of 2008 and of course the Arab Spring, were the key factors explaining the phenomenal increase of demand for residency and citizenship by investment programs.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2012-10-01

The benefits of being kittitian

Immigrant investment programs in St. Kitts and Nevis are boosting the country’s economy while also offering new citizens many travel and tax benefits.

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