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Viktor Feliksovich Vekselberg was born in 1957 in the town of Drogobych, Western Ukraine. In 1979 he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineering. Since 1990 Viktor Vekselberg has been the chairman of Renova, the leading Russian asset management company.

Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin, the head of Interros Company, was born 3 January 1961 in Moscow, to a family of a diplomat. Vladimir worked for the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, until the state monopoly on foreign commerce was abolished in 1990. Taking advantage of the new regulations Vladimir Potanin founded Interros, a foreign trade association.

The first President of the Russian Federation left his mark in history firstly as a reformer. He instigated introduction of market-oriented reforms and made an attempt to establish a commonwealth of equal independent states. During his rule the Communist Party of the Soviet Union lost its absolute power and the parliament was formed by representatives of different parties. Besides, Boris Yeltsin introduced separation of powers.

The Russians associate the name of Mikhail Gorbachev with Perestroika, the period which still raises different feelings in the souls of the former Soviet people.

Alisher Usmanov is the person who returned the collection of world-famous Soviet cartoons to Russia and presented the Russian Federation with the invaluable collection of masterpieces he bought out of Vishnevskaya. He is also the head of Gazprominvestholding and the Kommersant newspaper.

Sergei Aleksandrovich Shcherbatov was born in an ancient noble family in 1875. One of his ancestors F. Apraksin was a companion of Peter the Great. Although Shcherbatov was rich and could spend his life on balls, operas and entertainment, he preferred to support the Russian Art and descendants remember his generosity.

Vagit Alekperov, a billioner and the head of Lukoil Company (the second largest private oil Company worldwide by proven hydrocarbon reserves), is considered to be one of the richest people in the world.

Roman Abramovich seems to be a very mysterious person thoroughly concealing his past, who surrounded himself with gossip and rumors. He is admitted to be the richest Russian, but his way to prosperity is full of blank spots.

The most part of the world got acquainted with Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov after a Courchevel scandal which sullied his reputation of an honest man. However, his story deserves to be told, as there are not so many people in Russia who achieved a great success in business on their own.

Oleg Deripaska is a famous Russian businessmen and a regular participant of the ratings published by the Forbes magazine. His way to success and prosperity wasnt long but the results are impressive.

The Soviet Union witnessed several General Secretaries and most of them happened to rule the country for long, but there were two people, whose time in power was limited by two years. Andropov Yuri Vladimirovich replaced Brezhnev at the age 68, so it was no wonder that he passed away so quickly.

Since the Internet was invented, computers all over the world have been in danger of getting a fresh virus able to destroy your operating system. Luckily, there are people developing antivirus programs and Evgeny Kaspersky is one of them.

The head of the largest Russian mobile handset retailer Evgeny Chichvarkin was born in Moscow in 1974. As a young man Evgeny was an ordinary student fond of music, parties and unintelligible books.

In 1989 he established MENATEP, one of the first Russian commercial banks. Took control of Yukos and made it a profitable company,the leader of the world power market, with capitalization of US$40bn.

25o years ago an heir was born in the family of Boris Yusupov, Moscow Prince-Governor; the boy got the name of Nikolai and was doomed to become the richest man in Russia. His estates and domains would be found in every Russian province, so that when he was asked about mansions the young prince had to refer to the steward, who always carried a notebook with a list of Yusupovs estates.

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was born in 1894 in the village of Kalinovka, the Kursk Region. He started work early and at the age of 12 young Nikita was accepted for a job as a miner. In 1918 Khrushchev joined the Bolshevist Party. He saw the Russian Civil War of 1917-1923 and after the War was over he became a delegate from Ukraine.

The Morozovs Russian textile manufacturers, who managed to run their business despite all imperfections of contemporary Russian legislation.

Nikita Antufyev (also known as Demidov) was born in 1656 in a common peasant family. Business skills of the talented armourer helped Demidov to become one of the leading Russian entrepreneurs of his time.

The outstanding worker of Russian culture Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov devoted his all life to the only idea collecting masterpieces of the Russian painting school with a view to return all gained from society to common people.

Mamontov Savva Ivanovich, born in 1841, was a big entrepreneur but considered theatre arts his true vocation. He collected paintings by Russian artists and was known as a patron of art.


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