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Universities for Heirs: Where the Children of Russian Billionaires Study
May 27, 2020 17:30

Forbes studied which universities the richest heirs of Russian billionaires graduated from. Yale University came in first among universities by the number of graduates, although the vast majority of graduates chose Russian universities.

The richest businessmen in Russia received higher education in domestic universities - in Soviet times, they had no other choice. There is a completely different situation with their heirs - the market economy and the  income of their parents open for them completely different borders. Forbes studied where participants in the ratings of the richest heirs received higher education.  Some graduated from several universities, for example, the son of Andrei Guriev  (he is also Andrei) graduated from the St. Petersburg Mining Institute and London University of Greenwich. Moreover, the majority, like their parents, chose universities in Russia. 


The most popular university is MGIMO. Said Kerimov, Anastasia and Ivan Potanin, Ekaterina Fedun studied there. The university adheres to the values ​​of the current course of public policy. After the poisoning of the former GRU employee Sergey Skripal and his daughter and the imposition of anti-Russian sanctions in April 2018, the university, together with Rossotrudnichestvo, quickly launched a program to return Russian students from countries “showing an unfriendly attitude” to Russia. First of all, such a country was Great Britain. The program received the ironic title “Very Likely Welcome Back, or Time to Go Home!” The phrase "very likely" (very likely) was actively used by the British authorities, talking about Russia's connection with the poisoning of the Skripals.

    MGIMO University (Said Karimov, Anastasia and Ivan Potanin, Ekaterina Fedun)
    HSE (Maria Kozitsyna, Alexander Frolov)
    RANEPA (Dmitry Lisin, Andrey Guryev, Jr.)
    Moscow State University (Anastasia Lisina)
    Russian State University of Oil and Gas Gubkina (Yusuf Alekperov)
    MIPT (Denis Gapontsev)
    St. Petersburg Mining Institute (Andrei Guryev, Jr.)
    Kuban State University (Polina Galitskaya)

United Kingdom

Higher education in the United Kingdom is considered one of the best in the world - several universities in the country are among the top hundred in the world. The most popular university among the children of Russian billionaires is the London School of Economics (LSE), which ranks 44th in the QS World University Rankings.

    LSE (Jahangir Makhmudov, Dmitry Lisin, Alexander Frolov)
    Imperial College London (Denis Gapontsev)
    Greenwich University of London (Andrey Guryev, Jr.)
    Oxford (Natalya Timchenko)
    University of Edinburgh (Ksenia Frank)
    University of Surrey (Anton Fedun)


Yale University is much more popular among children of billionaires than fashionable among
golden youth MGIMO.  A year at Yale costs an average of $ 53,000.

    Yale University (Alexander and Irina Vekselberg, Laura and Ekaterina Fridman, Denis and Daria Aven)
    Art History at New York University (Victoria Michelson)


The University of Geneva, the oldest in Switzerland, founded in the 11th century, attracted two heirs of Russian billionaires - Ivan Timchenko and Alexander Pumpyansky. The university takes 110th place in the global ranking of universities. Studying at the Faculty of International Law at the University of Geneva will cost much less than at Yale - a little more than 7,000 Swiss francs.

    University of Geneva (Ivan Timchenko, Alexander Pumpyansky)
    University of Lausanne (Ekaterina Rybolovleva)
    Franklin College in Lugano (Olga Rashnikova)

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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