Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov is a Russian tycoon and a self-made billionaire, who built his vast wealth through lumber operations, investments and mining. According to Forbes Magazine and Sunday Times, Usmanov is the richest person in Russia. His wealth is estimated to amount to $17.6 billion.

Quick Facts

Net Worth: $17.6 Billion (As of March 2013)

Source: Mining, Telecom, Investments, Self-Made

Born: September 9, 1953 (Age 60)

Nationality: Russian

Residence: Moscow, Russia

Religion: Muslim

Marital Status: Married

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Alisher Usmanov was born on September 9, 1953 in a provincial town of Chust. He later joined Moscow State Institute of International Relations from which he graduated with a degree in international law in 1976. Today, he is one of the wealthiest people in the World, and his net worth is estimated to be $17.6 billion. 

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In 2011, Forbes named him the richest person in Russia and the 28th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $18.1 billion. In 2012, Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranked him as the 39th richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $17.3 billion. In 2013, Forbes Magazine and the Sunday Times named him as the richest person in Russia with an estimated net worth of $17.6 billion. 

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Professional Profile

  • He is the founder and majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, which is a Russian Industrial multinational company that was established to control Gazprom’s metal interests.
  • He co-owns the media holding company that consists of media companies such as Muz-TV federal television channels, 7TV and thirty three TV broadcasting stations.
  • He is also the co-owner of MegaFon, which is the 2nd largest mobile telephone operator in Russia.
  • He is also the co-owner of, which is the largest internet company in Russia.
  • He is the owner of Sekret Firmy and Kommersant Publishing Houses.
  • He is the President of the international body of fencing, FIE.
  • He is a major shareholder in Arsenal FC. 
  • He is the Chairman of Gazprominvest Holdings
  • He is the owner of Cyprus-Registered Gallagher Holdings.
  • He is the principal shareholder of Nautilus Minerals.
  • He is an active member of the Board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
  • He is the Chairman of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Committee.
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Legal Battles

In 1980, Usmanov was apprehended against fraud charges in Uzbek SSR and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was, however, incarcerated for six years after his sentence was vacated by the Supreme Court in 2000. The court ruled that the initial conviction was undeserved, the evidence was formulated and that no crime was committed.

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Personal Life 

Usmanov is married to Irina Viner, who is a rhythmic gymnastics coach. In 1997, he joined the Academy of Finance to study banking. Usmanov is the owner of Sutton Place, which is a home that belonged to J Paul Getty. He also owns a £48 Million mansion in London.

Interesting Facts about Usmanov

He shares his birthday (September 9) with Adam Sandler (American Actor) and Kristen Hermosa (Philippine Actress). He was born in the same year (1953) as Tony Blair (former UK Prime Minister), Hulk Hogan (former Wrestler) and Pierce Brosnan (James Bond Star).

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