Many people know such a name as Alisher Usmanov. He is one of the most famous and richest people in Russia. How did this man manage to achieve all that he has? It is about this well-known oligarch and will be discussed in the article.
Businessman Alisher Usmanov: biography
The homeland of the now famous and influential manager in Russia Alisher Usmanov is Chust, which is located in the Namangan region of the Uzbek SSR. In this city 63 years ago, the boy Alisher was born, who was destined to become one of the richest and most famous people in the Russian Federation. Alisher’s father held the post of prosecutor, so the son prophesied a comfortable life with the opportunity to use for himself a lot of necessary connections father. To date, Alisher Usmanov, whose nationality is Uzbek, also has Russian and British citizenship.
Childhood and the young years of the future oligarch
In childhood, the boy liked swords and musketeer battles. He attended the fencing section. After two years of studies, being a member of the junior national team of the country in fencing, young Alisher sought to achieve new heights in his favorite sport. He was able to achieve the title of master of sports, and he was enrolled in the USSR team. During this period, the young man met Irina Wiener, who was destined to become his wife. The girl was engaged in artistic gymnastics.
Way to billions
After completing his studies at the school, the young man became a student of MGIMO, he studied the specialty “International Law”. Work days of Alisher Burkhanovich began in 1976. At first he was a research fellow of the ANSSSR. Then, as a senior referent of the Central Committee of the Young Communist League of Uzbekistan, the young man began to rapidly build his career. After some time, Usmanov was appointed head of the Foreign Economic Association of the Soviet Peace Committee.
From 1990 to 2013, the wealthy Uzbek managed to change many positions, but all of them in one way or another were connected with the management of different companies. Already for 10 years Usmanov Alisher Burhanovich is a member of the Bureau of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
In 2007, the businessman bought a 75% stake in the television channel Muz-TV. A year later, I met Yuri Milner. In August of the same year, the oligarch became a shareholder of DST.
In 2010, under the absolute control of the fund Digital Sky Technologies, part of which belongs to Usmanov, the Internet portal mail.ru also hit. Two years later, the oligarch purchased 60% of the shares of the new diversified international company USM Holdings, the components of which were Metalloinvest, MegaFon, Scartel, Mail.ru Group, Disney Russia, Muz-TV, U “.
In 2013, the Russian oligarch owned shares in Apple, the value of which was $ 100 million. The oligarch sold them and bought the shares of China’s technology companies with the proceeds.
Usmanov’s activities in sport
In 2007, Red and White Holding, exactly half of which belonged to Usmanov, bought 14.58% of Arsenal Holdings, the company that owns the London football club Arsenal.
The oligarch and the manager give a lot of attention to the development of the sports industry at the state and world level. In 2015 USM Holdings Usmanov, together with UTV Holding, invested $ 100 million in the Virtus Pro cyber-sport organization.
What condition does the billionaire own?
Alisher Usmanov, whose biography is presented to your attention in the article, was included in the list of the ten richest people of Great Britain in 2010, having taken the sixth step. Four years later he was named the most wealthy man in the UK.
The state of Alisher Usmanov in 2012 was estimated at $ 18.1 billion. Then he took the 28th position on the world’s solvency and the first place in the Russian Federation. A year later by Forbes magazine, the wealth of the oligarch was estimated at $ 17.6 billion.
In 2015, Usmanov stepped down from the first stage of the richest people in Russia, where he sat from 2012 to 2014.
The oligarch’s assets are concentrated in metallurgy and the Internet. And although in 2015, revenues from the steel industry decreased by 30%, revenues from the operation of the Mail.ru Group holding more than offset these losses.
To date, Usmanov owns not only the mail.ru service, but also social networks “VKontakte”, “Odnoklassniki”, “My World”, ICQ messenger, my.com gaming portal, dozens of other social networks, services and portals. It is forecasted that in 2016 the advertising revenues of Vkontakte will reach more than 50% of the revenues of the mail.ru group. In addition, the Russian billionaire owns a number of television channels and radio stations, the publishing house Komersant, shares in some Chinese trading floors.
Wife and relatives of the oligarch
The wife of Alisher Usmanov is Irina Wiener. With her young Alisher met in the Palace of Sports, where he attended his fencing classes and rhythmic gymnastics classes, which visited the girl. Young people did not immediately open their relationship to their parents. Usmanov was convicted. From the conclusion, the future businessman sent a handkerchief to the girl. So in Uzbekistan they make a proposal of the hand and heart. The bride waited for the release of the groom, and in 1992 young people joined in marriage.
Now Irina Viner is the honored coach of the Russian team in artistic gymnastics, the head of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Alisher Usmanov’s wife has prepared many world-famous champions and Olympic medalists.
Children do not have a billionaire. The closest to the Russian manager’s relative can be called the stepson of Anton Wiener. He owns a network of solariums throughout Russia. The nephew of Alisher Burkhanovich Babur Usmanov was killed in 2013. In addition to him, among close blood relatives in the billionaire is still the grandchildren Mamur Usmanov (Alau Rustamov) and Timur Usmanov (Rustamov).
Charity with the participation of the oligarch
In 2007, Usmanov bought a huge collection of works of art. The purchase cost the billionaire 111.750 million dollars, and he handed it to the Russian government as an acquisition in the charity. Now everyone can see these works of art in St. Petersburg.
In the same year, the businessman was ransomed all rights to a selection of animated films from the times of the Soviet Union. He handed them to the television channel for children “Bibigon”.
In 2011, Alisher Burkhanovich was listed among the five largest British philanthropists in the ranking compiled by the newspaper The Sunday Times. For this year, the Russian manager spent about $ 126.5 million on charity.
Alisher Usmanov’s charitable foundation “Art, Science and Sport” is engaged in rendering assistance in the development of arts, culture, sports, and contributes to the implementation of education, science, and social projects in Russia.
The project is implemented in three directions:
- Art and cultural activities. The Fund is accompanied by the multiplication and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Russian Federation. Particular attention is paid to literary, musical, architectural development.
- Scientific activity and education. The Foundation provides financial assistance to educational institutions in order to modernize the education system, as well as investment in the scientific sphere.
- Sport. The Foundation sponsors federations and clubs, competitions, supports athletes.
In December 2014, the world learned about the new acquisition of a billionaire – James Watson’s Nobel Prize. The scientist was forced to sell it. The purchase cost the oligarch $ 4.1 million at Christie’s auction in New York. The philanthropist returned the award to the scientist, who received it in due time for research in the field of cancer diseases, for which Watson expressed sincere gratitude.
Alisher Usmanov’s house
The world-class oligarch owns an estate in London worth 48 million pounds. This is one of the most expensive estates. The house of Alisher Usmanov is built in the style of the English Empire, located on a plot of 11 acres. Usmanov is also the owner of estates in the suburbs and the county of Surrey, a villa in Sardinia, a chic house in Tashkent.
Awards of the oligarch
Like many influential people, Alisher Usmanov was awarded many prizes. Among all we can mention gratitude from the President of the Russian Federation, the Order from the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and even the Order of Honor of South Ossetia.
Investments in the sphere of e-sports
The founder of USM Holdings Usmanov invests in the development of the largest in Russia community in e-sports – Virtus.pro, as it became known in October 2015. It is assumed that the investment may exceed the $ 100 million line.
Today, while taking the third stage among the wealthiest people of the Russian Federation, Alisher Usmanov continues investments in the development of information structures, supports the financing of theaters, museums, provides financial assistance in the development of the sports industry, and social projects.
Original in Russian: BusinessMan.ru