However, this is the fourth-biggest ever donation from an individual, only beaten by Sir
Hintze, a Australian former Goldman Sachs banker, is known for building up one of
Outside politics, he is a very large patron of the arts, giving pounds 2m to the
It was his acts of charity to the arts that got Hintze knighted in the Queen's 2013 birthday honours list. Around the same time, the tax affairs of some of his companies came under scrutiny, when the Daily Mirror reported last year that his
One of his firms also settled a pounds 23.5m bill with the taxman after using controversial employee benefit trusts to reduce tax on earnings.
He was also dragged into the headlines when former defence secretary
This year it was rumoured that Hintze, a funder of former chancellor
In the Times this month, he said he asks for nothing in return for political donations but simply supports the way the organisation is going: "The reality with these chaps is that they are not for sale. These guys are living down the track, you don't have to agree with everything they do to say that is basically the direction of travel I want to go down. I'm not running a political party."
Hintze says he wants nothing in return for political donations: 'The reality is that
these chaps are
not for sale'
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