Vladimir Potanin

Vladimir Potanin is a Russian businessman and a self-made billionaire. According to Forbes, he is the 7th richest person in Russia and the 58th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $14.3 billion.

Quick Facts

Net Worth: $14.3 Billion (As of March 2013)

Source: Metals, Real Estate, Mining, Retail 

Born: January 3, 1961 

Nationality: Russian

Residence: Moscow, Russia

Marital Status: Married with 3 Children

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Potanin was born on January 3, 1961 in Moscow, Russia.  In 1978, he joined the Moscow Institute of International Relations, where he graduated from, with a Bachelor of Arts/Science in 1983. Today, he serves as the Chairman and President of Interros Company, which is a Russian corporation with interests in retail, energy, metals, finance, real estates and mining, among other sectors. The company is headquartered in Moscow, Russia.

Vladimir Potanin is not only one of the most influential people in Russia, but he is also one of the wealthiest. In 2012, he was ranked as the 46th richest person in the world. In the 2013 issue of the Forbes Magazine, he is ranked as the 7th and 58th wealthiest person in Russia and in the world respectively. The magazine estimated his net worth to amount to $14.3 billion.

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Business Endeavors

After Potanin graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the Soviet Union, where he worked for the FTO “Soyuzpromexport”. In 1991, he stopped working at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and established Interros. He utilized the knowledge and his prior professional network to make his newly established company successful. He has been serving not only as the President, but also as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Interros Company since 1998.

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In 1993, Potanin assumed the role of President of United Export Import Bank. From 1996 to 1997, he served in the Russian Federation as the 1st Deputy Prime Minister. Since 2003, he has been the head of the National Council on Corporate Governance. Potanin has been an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation from 2001. In 2003, he was elected to sit on the Board of Trustees of the State Hermitage, which is the most popular art museum in Russia. In 2005, he became a dynamic member of the Public Chamber of Russia. 

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Awards and Achievements

In 2007, the French Ministry of Culture and Communications named Potanin as an Officer of the highly celebrated Order of Arts and Literature. He was given this award due to his cultural contributions.

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Personal Life

He is married to Natalia Potanin, with whom he has three children. Potanin and his wife reside in Moscow, Russia.

Interesting Facts about Potanin

  • He shares his birthday (January 3) with Mel Gibson (Famous American Actor and Director).
  • He was born in the same year (1961) as Barrack Obama, Eddy Murphy, George Clooney and Forest Whitaker. 
  • Potanin can speak fluently in French and English.

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