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32 More Russians on Forbes Billionaire List
March 13, 2008 15:55

Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska

The number of Russian billionaires multiplies year by year. Summarizing the results of 2007 we can say that the number of mighty rich people increased by 60%, which was indicated by Forbes Magazine in its annual billionaire rating last Thursday. The novices put Russia to the second position by the total amount of billionaires in the world.

On the whole there are 1125 billionaires and 87 of them come from Russia. However, what is important here is not the number but high ranking on the list: about 20% of Forbes TOP 100 is Russians. The magazine also added 32 new Russian self-made billionaires into its rating.

So, pursuant to Forbes, Oleg Deripaska is the richest Russian this year, after climbing to the 9th place. This is the first time he entered the Top 10 and surpassed Roman Abramovich.

The growing number of billionaires helped Russia to make Germany with its 59 tycoons slide to the third position. The USA, the residence of 469 billionaires, remains the leader of the list. It is worthy of note that Moscow turned out to be the most popular city with tycoons – 74 people. New York goes second preferred as a home by 71 “moneybags”, while London rates third – 36.


Alexei Mordashov
It could be interesting to cast a glance upon the novices, who secured Russia the second place in Forbes rating. Some of them are worth mentioning. Yuri Zhukov and Kirill Pisarev, the shareholders of PIK Group, have made the most remarkable breakaway. Their stakes in the developing company are estimated at $6.1 billion each placing them on 160 position. The real estate segment of economy gave especially successful start to several Russian entrepreneurs Mikhail Balakin (SU 155), Andrei Molchanov (LSR Group), Maxim Blazhko and Dmitri Zelenov (Don-Story), etc.

The businessmen working for the Financial segment of Russian economy are also on the list: DAnil Khachaturov (Rosgosstrakh), Sergey Sarkisov and Nikolay Sarkisov (RESO-Garantia), Ruben Vardanyan (Troika Dialog), etc.

Luisa Kroll, a chief editor of Forbes, noted that the new tycoons on the list earned their fortune not only from raw materials, but also in the fields of real estate, finance and trade.

Russian tycoons in Forbes Top 100

9. Oleg Deripaska - $28 billion

15. Roman Abramovich - $23.5 billion

18. Aleksey Mordashov - $21.5 billion

20. Mikhail Fridman - $20.8 billion

21. Vladimir Lisin - $20.3 billion

24. Mikhail Prokhorov - $19.5 billion

25. Vladimir Potanin - $19.3 billion

36. Suleiman Kerimov - $17.5 billion

54. German Khan - $13.9 billion

56. Vagit Alekperov - $13 billion

59. Dmitri Rybolovlev - $12.8 billion

63. Iskander Makhmudov - $11.9 billion

65. Alexander Abramov - $11.5 billion

67. Viktor Vekselberg - $11.2 billion

72. Alexei Kuzmichev - $10.8 billion

73. Viktor Rashnikov - $10.4 billion

77. Vladimir Yevtushenkov - $10.0 billion

77. Igor Zyuzin - $10.0 billion

91. Alisher Usmanov - $9.3 billion


Olga Pletneva

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