Gayus Tambunan’s life story shows a rise from rags to riches. At age 30, the former tax official already owned luxury cars and an upscale home in Jakarta.
Gayus did not come from a wealthy background. According to Tempo magazine, his parents’ former house in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta was humble. A neighbor said Gayus and his family lived there for decades.
In 2004, Gayus married Meliana Anggraeni and moved out of the family home. They bought a house in upscale Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Gayus’ new house was worth Rp 4 billion rupiah ($440,000) according to VIVAnews.
It is unclear how a bureaucrat making only some Rp 157 million (about $17,000) yearly could afford the high-end property as well as luxury cars reportedly including a BMW, Toyota Alphard and Ford Everest. The money did not come from Gayus’ wife, who was a staff member at the Jakarta Provincial Council (DPRD).