Crisis halves number of billionaires
Mikhail Prokhorov, the president of Onexim Group, has been ranked as the richest of the Russian super-rich with an estimated wealth of $US 14.1 billion in 2008. Prokhorov was seventh last year, the survey says, but his withdrawal from Norilsk Nickel before the crisis was well timed.
Last year’s top spot – mining mogul Oleg Deripaska – barely made it into the top 10. His fortune shrank eightfold to $US 5 billion.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains in second place with $US 13.9 billion. The bronze went to Vladimir Lisin of the Novolipetsk Metals Company.
The top 10 list in the magazine is as follows:
1. Mikhail Prokhorov (Onexim Group, Rusal) – $US 14.1 billion
2. Roman Abramovich (Evraz Group) – $US 13.9 billion
3. Vladimir Lisin (Novolipetsk Metals Company) – $US 7.7 billion
4. Vagit Alekperov (Lukoil) – $US 7.6 billion
5. Suleyman Kerimov (Nafta-Moskva, Gazprom, Sberbank) – $US 7.5 billion
6. Mikhail Fridman (Alfa Group) – $US 6.1 billion
7. Vladimir Potanin (Nornikel) – $US 5 billion
8. Oleg Deripaska (Rusal) – $US 5 billion
9. Dmitry Rybolovlev (Uralkalium, Silvinit) – $US 4.6 billion
10. Alisher Usmanov (Metalloinvest) – $US 4.5 billion
All in all the estimated wealth of Russia’s top 10 richest has decreased from $US 221 billion to just $US 76 billion.