Meet the millionaire who wants people like him to pay more tax

Djaffar Shalchi, an Iranian-Danish real estate mogul, is campaigning for a global wealth tax of 1 to 3 per cent to be levied on the world’s super-rich

Djaffar Shalchi, founder of the Human Act Foundation: ‘We have one billion people living in extreme poverty and millions of kids going hungry’. Picture: Thomas Lekfeldt

Born in Tehran in 1961, Djaffar Shalchi is Iranian by birth but very much a product of Denmark and, by his own estimation, its welfare system.

Having moved from his homeland to Europe aged eight, Shalchi received a free education, free healthcare and much more, making him a beneficiary of the oft-lauded Nordic social model. It was this formative experience that shaped the 61-year-old multimillionaire real estate entrepreneur’s worldview, and led him to do something ...