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 Roman Abramovich

Born:   24 October 2008

Russian tycoon


Roman Abramovich seems to be a very mysterious person thoroughly concealing his past, who surrounded himself with gossip and rumors. He is admitted to be the richest Russian, but his way to prosperity is full of blank spots.

Roman Abramovich was born on 24th of October, 1966 in the Russian town of Saratov. Roman lost his parents at a very early age: his mother died 18 months after his birth and father was killed in the accident, when the boy was four. He was brought up by his uncle and spent most part of his young years in the Komi Republic lying in Northern Russia. Roman was a polite and prudent child, that is what his relatives say, but then somehow there appeared two versions about his primary and secondary education. According to the first variant, future tycoon finished school in the Komi Republic and then entered the two universities simultaneously: one in Moscow (the Russian State University of Oil and Gas) and the other in Komi (Industrial University). The second version says Abramovich moved to the Moscow Region after finishing the first grade of school.

Komi journalists referred to Industrial University and found out that there was no record about student Abramovich; moreover, the same story happened with Moscow State University of Oil and Gas. What is known for sure is that not long time ago Roman got a degree in public law at Moscow State Law Academy. In one of his interviews Abramovich told that during his study at the university he set up a co-operative to produce toys. His business partners later became top managers of Sibneft Company.

However, Abramovich didn’t see himself a lifelong toy maker and turned to oil products, but it wasn’t so easy from the very beginning. In February of 1992 he was arrested on suspicion of theft of 55 carriages containing diesel fuel. A train with 55 tank-cars arrived from Ukhta to Moscow and departed to Kaliningrad several days later, but it never arrived at the destination point. According to the criminal case, Roman Abramovich used counterfeit documents and sent the tank-cars to Riga, where the diesel fuel was successfully sold.

For an unknown reason Abramovich wasn’t punished, some people believe that 55 tank-cars play a role of a “lead” controlled by the authorities. It is obvious, that the tycoon made a secret of his past life not at his whim, but to save his oil business.

In 1995-96 Abramovich established several fly-by-night firms and together with his friend Boris Berezovsky used them to acquire the stock of Sibneft. As a result the tycoon managed to pay for the company 25 times less than the market price said. Later he sold his share of the company to Gazprom.

In 2012, he stepped in to mediate a peace deal between long-standing rivals Vladimir Potanin and Oleg Deripaska over the management of Norilsk Nickel.

2018 - The UK blacklisted entrepreneur Abramovich, and this caused him problems to enter the country. Roman Arkadyevich obtained Israeli citizenship and revoked a visa to the UK.

2019 - the businessman took ninth place in the list of the richest businessmen in Great Britain.

June 2020 - Abramovich, who is Israel's richest citizen, bought the most expensive villa in the country.


The Forbes magazine puts him on 10th place in Russia, with a net worth of $11300 mln (2020).

Private life

He was officially married 3 times. His first wife was a native of Astrakhan, Olga Lysova, who, like her husband, was related to business. The second wife was the former flight attendant Irina Malandina. In this marriage, five children were born: daughter Anna, born in 1992, son Arkady, born in 1993, daughter Sophia, born in 1995, Arina, born in 2001, son Ilya, born in 2003. The couple divorced in 2007. The third wife of a businessman was the designer Daria Zhukova. She also gave birth to  two children: in December 2013, the son of Aaron Alexander and daughter Leia in April 2013. August 2017 brought the news of the divorce of the spouses.


In 2006, he donated 26 hectares of land near Moscow for the construction of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo.
At the time, the site was valued at $ 52 million.





Olga Pletneva


    Saratov Region


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