The Team bringing you More Freedom,
More Opportunity
and More Prosperity

James is an international entrepreneur and investor. He has traveled to over 120 countries and started or acquired businesses all over the world, from a private bank to a major South American agriculture producer. He is the founder of Sovereign Man, and writes under the pen name Simon Black.

Hailing from a small town in Lithuania, Viktorija became a globetrotting entrepreneur and executive. She travels to over 30 countries per year, exploring emerging markets and searching for new opportunities. Viktorija frequently writes as ‘the Sovereign Woman’ and is the co-founder of the Sovereign Academy.

Indre Baronina


Indre is in charge of content management and customer experience at Sovereign Man. Boasting a Master’s Degree in International Studies and proficient in five languages, Indre also has extensive expertise in e-commerce and digital product management. She currently lives in Chile.


Born in Russia and resident in Santiago, Chile, Marat is our in-house expert on second residency and Citizenship By Investment Programs. He is fluent in three languages, and regularly writes on topics such as the tax and reporting implications of Golden Visas and investment citizenship.



Holly is a senior editor and writer at Sovereign Man. A former AP newswoman, on-air correspondent for a household name and contributor to The Economist Group, she has reported from the US, Europe, and Cuba. Multilingual, she translates compliance and reporting requirements into English.

Born in Massachusetts and based in Puerto Rico, Joe is an editorial contributor and chief controversy monger at Sovereign Man. Joe moved to Puerto Rico for their generous tax incentives in 2019. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and considers his ability to forage for wild edible plants as part of his Plan B.

Emanuel Lores

Client Service Manager

Hailing from Argentina and resident in Barcelona, Emanuel is in charge of business intelligence, reporting systems and client service at Sovereign Man. He is a highly skilled digital marketer, and previously also worked as an investment and business development specialist in Santiago, Chile.

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About our Founder

James Hickman is a lifelong entrepreneur and investor that’s traveled to more than 120 countries on all seven continents. He’s started, invested in, or acquired businesses all over the world, and writes for Sovereign Man under the pen name Simon Black.

For example, he founded a South America-based agriculture company that has become one of the leading producers in its industry. A few years ago he acquired a prominent retail brand in Australia, purchasing the business from the former 1980s era rock star who founded it.

He started a boutique, private investment bank that boasts some of the highest levels of liquidity and solvency in the world. He has invested in companies from Colombia to Uzbekistan, and serve on numerous Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as Chairman of a company listed on a major stock exchange.

In addition, he co-founded a non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurship education to young people. The initiative has been going strong since 2010.

The Sovereign Academy is a five-day intensive business and financial bootcamp attended by around 50 pre-selected applicants from around the world. For many alumni, it has been a life-changing, paradigm-shifting inflection point.

James is truly a global citizen. But he still believes in the fundamental ideals of America — freedom and self-reliance.

He believes that building wealth means taking risks and working hard to create value for others… not sitting around waiting for a government handout while a central bank conjures money out of thin air.

He’s a proactive leader, with integrity at the core of everything he does. He graduated from West Point and served for several years as an Army Intelligence officer. This was a formative experience in his life, and shaped his outlook on politics, economics, freedom, global opportunity… and the need to have a Plan B.

(You can read more about his philosophical awakening here.)

He is currently a resident of beautiful Puerto Rico, where he enjoys the sun, sea, and exceptional tax advantages.

About Sovereign Man

Christopher Columbus was a visionary man of data and science. Learning from his predecessors and relying on celestial navigation, he set off in search of the New World on August 3, 1492. Given the unprecedented nature of his transatlantic journey, the risks were material. But so were the potential rewards, if he could succeed…

Sovereign Man is a multinational team of experts in fields ranging from international living, second residency and alternative citizenship to legal tax and estate planning, retirement planning and effective portfolio diversification.

For more than a decade, we have scoured the globe in search of freedom and opportunity.

In the same spirit as Columbus, we look at history and data to uncover hidden, out-sized opportunities. And to ensure we thrive, no matter the challenges we encounter along the journey.

Over the past 12 years, we have helped over 150,000 readers and tens of thousands of clients to build their own robust Plan B…

To gain second residency or citizenship in places that make sense…

To diversify their portfolios and safeguard their assets…

To reduce their taxes 100% legally…

And to ensure their families prosper for generations to come through robust estate planning.

And we walk the talk.

We’ve explored 134 countries, and invested in 11.

100% of our staff members have either lived overseas, or are currently enjoying the expat lifestyle.

And between us, we speak eight languages.

As a team, many of us hail from places where freedom and prosperity weren’t the norm. And we’ve seen, first-hand, how fast things can go broadside if you don’t have options elsewhere.

We now live in places like the US, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Croatia, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and many team members are perpetual nomads.

We’re all multi-resident, and some of us hold up to five passports. And we’ve gone from paying high taxes, to legally paying sub-5%.

It’s obvious that the world is changing and fast.

Government debt and central bank balance sheets are at levels never before seen in the history of the world.

In the United States, for example, the government’s own reports tell us that their “net worth” exceeds NEGATIVE $60 trillion, and that Social Security will soon run out of money.

Like all things, the rapid change that comes from these economic dynamics will create winners and losers.

People who understand what’s happening and prepare for the risks and opportunities ahead will prosper.

Everyone else will be a victim…

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How we give back

Sovereign Academy

Founded by James (Simon Black) and Viktorija in 2010, Sovereign Academy is a place for like-minded, seasoned entrepreneurs to share the most valuable lessons they’ve learned in becoming successful with other bright and talented people from all over the world.

Our Entrepreneurship camp is a non-profit program that takes place every year in Lithuania. We sponsor the entire event through our foundation, Sovereign Academy

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