Leonid Mikhelson is the richest Russian businessman
The wealth of the NOVATEK executive board chairman and Sibur's largest shareholder is $24 billion.
Forbes has published the ranking of Russia’s richest businessmen in 2019. Top of the rating is Leonid Mikhelson, Sibur's largest shareholder and chairman of NOVATEK board, whose wealth is estimated at $24 billion.
Vladimir Lisin, chairman of the board of directors of NLMK, ranked second with $21.3 billion. Last year, he was at the top. President of the oil company LUKOIL, Vagit Alekperov, is in third place with $20.7 billion.
In the fourth and fifth places, there is Chairman of Severstal board of directors, Aleksey Mordashov ($20.5 billion) and a member of Novatek and Sibur board of directors, Gennady Timchenko ($20.1 billion).
The top ten richest entrepreneurs also include President of Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Potanin ($18.1 billion), the largest shareholder of Alfa Bank, Mikhail Fridman ($15 billion), co-owner of Eurochem, Andrey Melnichenko ($13.8 billion), founder of USM Holdings, Alisher Usmanov ($12.6 billion), and the owner of Millhouse, Roman Abramovich ($12.4 billion).
Elena Baturina is the richest woman in Russia in 2019; her fortune is $1.2 billion. She ranks 81th in the rating. Forbes assessed the capital of the founder of Wildberries, Tatyana Bakalchuk, at $1 billion.
According to Forbes, the total wealth of the country’s richest businessmen is $496 billion. The top ten in the magazine's ranking is identical to the list of the ten richest Russians in the global ranking of Forbes published in March 2019.
Deposit Insurance Agency and ‘criminal duo’ of its First Deputy General Director Miroshnikov and colonel–billionaire Cherkalin
Valery Miroshnikov, First Deputy General Director of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), has fled Russia and intends to resign. Experts explain his escape by the arrest of FSB colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with swindling amounting to 12 billion rubles ($191.4 million); Miroshnikov and Cherkalin had close ties. In addition, the high-ranked insurer was a friend of fugitive FSB general Viktor Voronin – who had assisted to late banker Vladimir Kogan in the resolution of Bank UralSib and then relocated to Israel. The CrimeRussia reviewed operations of the ‘unsinkable’ Deposit Insurance Agency and its top manager Valery Miroshnikov – as well as his extensive connections actively used in the course of liquidation of Russian banks. The main question is: why is the Central Bank of Russia turning a blind eye to suspicious actions of the DIA?