Wikidata Politically Exposed Persons

Profiles of politically exposed persons from Wikidata, the structured data version of Wikipedia.

This dataset includes the profiles of politically exposed persons from Wikidata into OpenSanctions. It does so by monitoring the Wikidata items describing a broad range of political positions (e.g.: member of the German Bundestag, or German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs) and tracking the individuals who hold this post at different times.

The set of posts and positions that are tracked are curated by the OpenSanctions team and will include:

  • National legislatures
  • National cabinets and ministerial positions
  • Some senior administrative positions
  • Diplomatic and military leadership
  • Supreme court judges
  • Central bank governors

Going forward, we will also include sub-national positions, include state legislatures in federally organized countries, as well as state-level senior executives.

Politically exposed persons are included after they retire from public office for a period determined by a number of rules to handle missing data and different levels of influence of positions.

Data overview

Entity types:
214 countries · Show overview...
Publisher:Wikidata non-official source

Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. It acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wiktionary, Wikisource, and others.

Collections:in OpenSanctions Default · Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
Source data:query.wikidata.org · JSON
Last changed:
Last checked: · updated daily
Warnings:2 Warnings

Bulk download

Downloads contain the full set of entities contained in this dataset. You can fetch a simplified tabular form, or detailed, structured data in JSON format. Updated files will be provided once a day at the same location.

File nameExport typeSize
entities.ftm.jsonFollowTheMoney entities148.02 MB
names.txtTarget names text file2.93 MB
senzing.jsonSenzing entity format131.4 MB
statistics.jsonDataset statistics19.79 KB
targets.nested.jsonTargets as nested JSON233.64 MB
targets.simple.csvTargets as simplified CSV26.54 MB

Help: Using the data · format reference · identifier use · commercial licensing

Using the API

You can query the data in this dataset via the application programming interface (API) endpoints below. Please read the introduction for documentation and terms of service.

Use the Reconciliation API in OpenRefine:
For full-text search, use the /search endpoint:
For entity matching, use the /match endpoint:

Recent additions

The following targeted entities have been added to this data source most recently:

Mehdi SafariPerson
Mohsen BaharvandPerson
Kola AdewusiPersonNigeria
Juan Carlos Castro VargasPersonPeru
Yakubu GarbaPersonNigeria
Mohammad Reza SheibaniPersonIran
Javad TorkabadiPersonIran
Mehdi SobhaniPersonIran
Aminu Abdullahi AlkaliPersonNigeria
Hossein AkbariPersonIran
Eugenia AlianielloPersonArgentina
Samad Ali LakizadehPersonIran
Graciela Agustina Di PernaPersonArgentina
Agbu KefasPersonNigeria
Peter OdeyPersonNigeria