Andrei Komarov was born in 1966 in the closed city of Chelyabinsk-65 (now – Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region). There he graduated from the mathematical school, after which he was drafted into the army. After the army in 1984, Komarov entered the Moscow Institute of Chemical Engineering, which graduated in 1991.
In the last years of his studies, Komarov worked in leading positions in the Moscow theater “Satyricon”. Artistic director of the theater Konstantin Raikin later recalled that Komarov was one of the most talented administrators in the history of the theater. He showed himself as a charismatic leader and was able to find a common language with everyone, “from the bandit to the Queen of England”.
Defending his diploma, Komarov decided to do business. For some time he tried to sell clothes, but then he started working in the metallurgical industry. At first he was the chief engineer of ZAO Spetsmetalokonstruktsiya, and later he managed a number of companies that sell metal products.
In the mid-1990s Komarov remembered that in his homeland there is a large and promising metallurgical enterprise – the Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant (ChTPZ). He decided to link his future career with this venture. At that time, 10 percent of the shares belonged to the politician Valery Gartung, eight percent to the Chelyabinsk region, and the rest were split up among the workers. In 1996, Komarov acquired the Hartung package and thus immediately became the largest shareholder. In the same year he was appointed deputy general director of ChTPZ and began consolidating the shares in his hands. Over time, he became the owner of 90 percent of the shares.
In the early 2000s, the pipe industry was in a favorable situation. At that time, Gazprom and Transneft were building large construction projects, and they needed pipes. Komarov was able to take advantage of the situation and was actively engaged in the development of his business.
In 2002, the enterprise was transformed into a metallurgical group “ChTPZ” with its head office in Moscow. In addition to the head Chelyabinsk plant, the group owns the Pervouralsky Novotrubny Plant, the oilfield services division of Rimera, the scrap metal processing company ChTPZ-Meta, the metal trading division Uraltrubostal and the Izhevsk Oil Machine Building Plant. Komarov owns 72.9 percent of the shares of the ChTPZ group.
In 2005, Komarov, convinced that business was doing well in business, went into politics. From 2005 to 2010 he was a senator of the Federation Council from the Chelyabinsk region. But then he had to return to the management of ChTPZ – first the plant suffered from the crisis of 2008, and in 2012 it was on the verge of bankruptcy.
In 2014, a criminal case was brought against Komarov about commercial bribery. The businessman spent some time under house arrest. However, in 2016 the case was closed. In February 2017, Lieutenant-Colonel Sergei Astafurov, who initiated the persecution of Komarov, was arrested on charges of abuse of office. Thus, a difficult period in the life of Komarov and ChTPZ was completed.
Komarov has been almost invariably ranked among the richest businessmen in 2006, compiled by Forbes magazine. He did not get into the rating only in 2009. In 2016, Komarov took the 128th place in the list, his capital was estimated at $ 800 million. In October 2016 Komarov was awarded with the distinction “For Services to the Chelyabinsk Region”.
Komarov leads an active charitable work in his small homeland, in the city of Ozersk. He often meets with former classmates and helps them in difficult life situations. And sometimes a businessman helps other residents of Ozersk, who are not personally acquainted with them. He also finances the construction and restoration of various social facilities in the city.
Komarov also pays much attention to the well-being of ChTPZ’s employees. Having discovered the shortage of specialists in the necessary professions, he opened his own training center at the factory. ChTPZ builds housing for its employees, the plant has its own recreation centers, medical centers and children’s health camps. Now the contest for those who want to work at the enterprise is about 20 people per seat.