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Batch 2 Russians

Batch 2 Russians

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Alexander Abramov
Alexander Abramov and his partners exchanged shares with Luxembourg’s EvrazGroup S.A. last October, gaining shares in Evraz Plc, a new company that debuted onthe London Stock Exchange in November as an FTSE 100 Index company. It’s been along road to get there: Abramov got his start as the head of a research lab before theSoviet Union collapsed. In 1992, he established a precursor to Evraz Holding andmade a fortune exporting metals and coal from the Urals and Siberia. After the 1998Russian financial crisis, Abramov bought up hobbled steel companies and coal mineson the cheap. In 2006, he partnered with fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich inEvraz. In 2007, they made a number of acquisitions, including U.S. firms ClaymontSteel Holdings of Delaware and Oregon Steel Mills. Abramov was elected chairman of steel giant Evraz in December 2008, replacing fellow billionaire Alexander Frolov withwhom he cofounded the group.
Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich, the one-time richest man in Russia, is facing a potential networth loss of $ 5 billion if former partner Boris Berezovsky prevails in a lawsuit filedwith the High Court in London. Abramovich has stakes in steel giant Evraz and miningfirm Highland Gold. In 2010, he won a $400 million tender to redevelop St.Petersburg's historical New Holland Island as an arts and culture center. He also ownsthe world's largest yacht, the 533-foot Eclipse, which cost him over $250 million in2010. He added a 377-foot ice boat, the Luna, to his fleet of pricey toys, whichalready included two other yachts, a Boeing 767 and homes in London, St. Barts,Colorado, Sardinia and France. Abramovich was orphaned as a child and dropped outof college, then made his fortune in a series of controversial oil export deals in theearly 1990s. He teamed up with Boris Berezovsky to take over oil giant Sibneft at afraction of its market value. He sold his stake in Russian Aluminum to Oleg Deripaskaand a 73% stake in Sibneft to gas titan Gazprom for $13 billion in 2005. He owns theUK's Chelsea soccer team.
Aras Agalarov
Aras Agalarov, one of the first traders of luxury brands on the Russian market,recently left the luxury business, transferring the rights to develop brands includingLanvin, Chloe, Emanuel Ungaro, Nina Ricci and Sergio Rossi to competitors Mercuryand Bosco di Ciliegi. In summer 2010, his trade fair operator and retailer, Crocus,opened the first Vegas Mall in Moscow which features over 300 shops (includingStarbucks) and an amusement park. Agalarov is also building in Vladivostok inanticipation of the APEC summit scheduled for September 2012. He got his starttrading computers, but saw that trade fairs had more business potential. In 1988 heestablished Crocus, which became one of the country's largest trade-fair operators.He opened the Crocus Inter store, which grew into a retail company with mallsoffering housewares, and the luxurious Crocus City Mall, the "city of boutiques."Agalarov is seen as the unofficial representative of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Russia.In 2006 his son, Emin, married the daughter of Azerbaijan's president, Ilkham Aliyev.He also publishes Baku magazine, which is edited by daughter-in-law Leyla Aliyeva.
Vagit Alekperov – holding off as this is in Top 20 EuropeIgor Altushkin
Igor Altushkin is the founder and largest shareholder of RMK, Russia's third-largestcopper producer, though in spring 2011 he sold a 25% stake to Ruslan Baysarov.After the deal, the two purchased the Elegest coal field, the biggest asset held byformer head of Mezhprombank Sergey Pugachev. In fall 2009, with IskanderMakhmudov's UGMK, Altushkin bought a controlling stake in Chelyabinsk ZincFactory, the largest zinc producer in Russia. He started out in the early 1990s tradingscrap metals. In 1997, Altushkin established Uralelectromed-Vtortsvetmet, whichbecame the main supplier of scrap and copper to UGMK. Altushkin also purchasedMadonna's former home in London.
Alexei Ananyev
Alexei Ananyev, together with brother and fellow billionaire Dmitry, started outimporting computers to Russia. The brothers then set up a bank and have been activein real estate and media. Alexei heads up their IT business and general strategy. In2011, they bought the Alfa Arbat Center, an office building in central Moscow, for$230 million. In 2010, the brothers sold their telecommunication company Synterra toMegafon, which is owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Alfa Group, for $745million. Despite their wealth they felt a lack of education and completed executiveMBAs at the University of Chicago in 2005. Both brothers are very religious. Alexeiuses his free time to assist clergymen at Moscow's Church of the Trinity. Has holdsthe largest collection of Socialist realism-style art in Russia. At the end of 2011, heopened a museum displaying his collection.
Dmitry Ananyev
With brother and fellow billionaire Alexei, started out importing computers to Russia.Brothers then set up a bank and have been active in real estate and media. In 2011,they bought the Alfa Arbat Center, an office building in central Moscow, for $230million. In 2010, the brothers sold their telecommunication company Synterra toMegafon, which is owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Alfa Group, for $745million. Despite their wealth they felt a lack of education and completed executiveMBAs at the University of Chicago in 2005. Both brothers are very religious. Dmitry isa Federal Council (Senate) representative for the gas-rich polar region of Yamal. Sincehe became a senator in 2006, his brother Alexei handles all their businesses.
Vasily Anisimov
Vasily Anisimov sold off much of his stake in Metalloinvest—the majority of hisfortune--to state-controlled bank VTB; a major chunk of the price repaid a bank loanhe’d taken out for his development company, Coalco. Boris Berezovsky claimed partof Metalloinvest and sued Anisimov for $600 million. In the 1990s, Anisimov was oneof the best-known Russian businessmen, and co-owner of aluminum plants and thebank Rossiyskiy Kredit. In 2000, he sold all his holdings in Russia and laid low for fouryears. In 2004, he made a comeback as co-owner of Metalloinvest with fellowbillionaires Alisher Usmanov and Andrei Skoch.
Roman Avdeev
Roman Avdeev is the owner of Credit Bank of Moscow. The bank successfully survivedthe crisis of the world’s financial system: in three years its assets rose more than 3times to $7 billion. Avdeev started in the late 1980s in decoder production, then inthe 1990s bought a bank. He also owns agricultural land and commercial and
residential real estate. Adveev has 20 children; 16 of them are adopted. He is anaficionado of yoga.
Pyotr Aven
Pyotr Aven heads Russia's largest private bank, Alfa Bank, part of the Alfa Groupconglomerate controlled by fellow billionaires Mikhail Fridman, German Khan andAlexei Kuzmichev. In June 2011, Alfa Group sold its 25% stake in CTC Media tobillionaire Yury Kovalchuk and his partners for $1 billion. Aven remains co-head of theboard of CTC; he also owns about 0.2% of the company as a private investor. Avengrew up in Moscow and attended a well-regarded high school for the city's elite andprestigious Moscow State University. Later he worked at the Institute for SystemsStudies at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. In 1989, Aven went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; he was tapped to be minister of foreign economic relations two yearslater. In 1994 Aven met Alfa Group's Mikhail Fridman and soon became a shareholderof Alfa-Bank. Aven owns the largest private collection of Russian art in the country,but keeps the most valuable pieces in the UK.
Mikhail Balakin
Mikhail Balakin heads up CD-155 (SU-155), a construction company that in 2011increased turnover by 16%. Most of last year’s revenue (70%) came through statecontracts, but Balakin plans to go after commercial business. Balakin built homes forpeople who lost theirs in the 2010 summer heat wave fires; he also took part inreconstruction of the famed Bolshoi Theater. After graduating from the MoscowInstitute of Civil Engineering, Balakin started out at one of the divisions of Sovietconstruction behemoth Glavmosstroi. In 1993 that division became a privatecompany called Construction Department 155; Balakin is its largest shareholder. Helater worked in highly-placed jobs in the Moscow city government and in 2005, afterfour years as a bureaucrat, turned his focus to his business.
Elena Baturina- Luisa, please take a careful look at this one.
Elena Baturina, Russia’s richest woman, sold her construction company, Inteko, inSeptember to banker Mikhail Shishkhanov and Sberbank-capital. She also sold one of her cement factories. In 2011, Baturina came under suspicion of fraud asinvestigators claimed to have found nearly $500 million in misappropriated funds inher personal bank account. Baturina said several times that after her husband YuriLuzhkov resigned from his position as Moscow’s mayor their family came underpressure, but that her business dealings were in line with the market. Baturinacontinues to reside abroad; her daughters have moved to the UK. Meanwhile herdisgraced husband still lives in Russia. Baturina started out as a factory worker, thenentered the Moscow Institute of Management. She met Luzhkov in 1987 when theywere both serving on the Mosgorispolcom, a Soviet-era municipal commission. In1991, Baturina started plastic-products company Inteko, which produced furnitureand crockery before expanding into construction and construction materials. Baturinadoes not plan to continue her business in Russia and says she may invest abroad.
ORIGINAL BIOIn September last year Elena Baturina sold her company Inteko to structures owned by bankerMikhail Shishkhanov and Sberbank-capital. Baturina said several times that after the resignation of her husband Yuri Luzhkov from Moscow?s mayor position their family came under pressure, but thedeal went on market conditions. Besides Inteko, the Russia?s richest woman sold one of her cementfactories. Baturina still residing abroad, daughters have moved to the UK; meanwhile her disgraced

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