New leader in Russia's rich list
12 Feb, 2007 06:23
Russian aluminium tycoon, Oleg Deripaska, is Russia's richest man, according to Finans magazine's latest survey. Mr Deripaska's wealth nearly doubled from last year helping him overtake the 3-time winner Roman Abramovich.
The fourth annual report ranks Mr Deripaska with his fortune of $US 21.2 BLN in first place, followed by Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich with $US 21 BLN.Former business partners Mikhail Prokhorov and Vladimir Potanin tie in third place, with each holding little over $US 14 BLN, boosted by the growth in value of co-owned Norilsk Nickel and Polyus Gold before the two men's recent break-up.The number of billionaires in Russia has increased from 50 to 61 over the past year, thanks, in part, to the booming retail sector.