US publisher Bloomberg has named Nickel CEO Vladimir Potanin Russia’s richest man with assets valued at $14.7bn in its rankings of the world’s top 200 billionaires. The world’s largest nickel producer, Noris Nickel posted revenues of $8.5bn last year, 30.4% of which Potanin controls through Inteross. He also controls real estate assets worth $500m, the Sochi ski resort of Rosa Khutor and 50 % of Russian internet company Afisha-Rumbler-SUP.
He leads a list of 15 Russians in the top 200 that includes:
Leonid Mikhelson ($14.1bn) who owns 25% of Novatek, Russia’s second largest natural gas producer, 42.% of petrochemical producer Sibur and part of Promsvyazbank.
Viktor Vekselberg ($13.1bn), chairman of Renova Group, a Bahamas-based investment company with stakes in publicly traded equipment makers Sulzer and Oerlikon, and Rusal, Russia’s biggest aluminium producer. Vekselberg also controls Russia’s largest holding of regional airports and sold 12.5% of a Russian oil venture for $7bn in 2013.
Alexei Mordashov ($12.2bn), the largest shareholder in Severstal, Russia’s fourth-biggest steelmaker. Mordashov also owns stakes in gold producer Nordgold, power generation equipment maker Power Machines, and TUI, Europe’s largest tour operator. His other assets include National Media Group, Bank Rossia and wireless carrier Tele2 Russia.
Mikhail Fridman ($12.1bn) who controls Alfa Group, an investment company that owns stakes in Russian mobile-phone operator VimpelCom and Alfa Bank. Fridman also owns just under 22% in X5, Russia’s second-biggest food retailer and, through Luxembourg-based LetterOne, 38% of German oil and gas producer DEA.
Alisher Usmanov who owns 48% of USM Holdings, a British Virgin Islands-based entity that controls Metalloinvest, Russia’s largest iron ore producer, and mobile phone company MegaFon. Usmanov also has shares in Alibaba, Airbnb, JD.Com and Spotify, and co-owns Russian internet company Mail.ru Group and UK football team Arsenal.
Roman Abramovic ($10.9bn) the largest shareholder in Evraz, Russia’s second-biggest steelmaker. Abramovic also owns stakes in Norilsk Nickel and London’s Chelsea Football Club. He built his fortune using dividends and sales of privatized assets acquired from the former Soviet Union, including Sibneft and Aeroflot.
Mikhail Prokhorov ($10bn) founder of Onexim Group, a Moscow-based company with interests in banking, insurance, energy and sports and which also holds a 17 % stake in Rusal and 20% in Uralkali, Russia’s biggest potash producer. Prokhorov also owns the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center arena.
Dmitry Rybolovlev ($9.4bn) who sold two Russian fertilizer producers for almost $7.5bn in 2010 and 2011. He also sold more than $1bn of Uralkali stock at the company’s 2007 initial public offering, and bought art, jewelry, homes, a yacht, a stake in the Bank of Cyprus and AS Monaco football club.
Vladimir Lisin ($9bn), chairman and largest shareholder of Novolipetsk Steel, Russia’s largest steelmaker. The publicly traded company produced 15.9m tons of steel last year and posted revenues of $8bn. Lisin also owns Freight One, which controls about 16% of Russia’s rail cars, port facilities operator UCL Port; and the VBTH shipping company.