The whole world knows a man named Roman Abramovich. His biography, however, contains many controversial points. Why in 1992 did he almost go to jail? How was his family perceived by Boris Yeltsin? What is the state after the divorce got the second wife of the oligarch? And what he so pleased the population of Chukotka? This will be discussed in the article.
Abramovich Roman Arkadyevich: biography
The future billionaire was born in Saratov in 1966, October 24, in a Jewish family – Arkady Nakhimovich and Irina Vasilyevna. When the boy was only one year old, his mother died. Soon, as a result of an accident at a construction site, the father also died – the boy was then four years old. From now on, the family of his uncle from Ukhta was engaged in raising the future tycoon. Some time later, in 1974, Abramovich went to Moscow to visit his other uncle.
After serving in Kirzhach in the army, Roman entered the Ukhta Industrial Institute at the Faculty of Forestry. The young man demonstrated excellent organizational skills there. However, Roman Abramovich never finished college. His biography changed dramatically when in the late 1980s he took up business, which soon led him to oil trading.
In 1992, a businessman was suspected of embezzling state property and taken into custody. Then the train with diesel fuel (the total cost of which amounted to 3.8 million rubles) disappeared, going from Ukhta to the city of Syktyvkar on the instructions of the AVEKS-Komi company. Later it turned out that the fuel was delivered to Riga and became the property of the AKB company, of which Roman Abramovich was the general director. The biography of the entrepreneur could have been different if he were then imprisoned, but the case was soon closed due to the absence of corpus delicti.
Business and access to the state level
In the 1990s, Abramovich began a close relationship with Boris Berezovsky and became entree to the house of Boris Yeltsin. The president’s family invited Roman to move to an apartment in the Kremlin, where they began to dignify him as “Mr. A.”
In 1996, the businessman, being the head of the board of directors of the joint stock company Noyabrskneftegaz, headed the Moscow branch of Sibneft. In 1999, he was elected a deputy in Chukotka IO No. 223. After that, Abramovich registered partner companies of Sibneft in the Chukotka Autonomous Region, which are responsible for the sale of petroleum products and black gold itself.
The businessman was not a member of any Duma faction. He changed the Duma in 2000 to the chair of the governor of Chukotka. According to media reports, Roman donated over $ 2.5 billion to the development of the autonomous region. To this day, Abramovich confidently ranks first on the list of the most generous domestic philanthropists.
The year 2003 in the life of the oligarch was marked by the purchase of the English football club Chelsea, which at that time was on the verge of ruin. After that, the entrepreneur actually moved to the UK.
In 2005, Abramovich, for $ 13.1 billion, sold his stake in Sibneft to Gazprom.
The businessman has repeatedly tried to resign as governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Region, but each time the Russian president, Putin, persuaded him. The biographer of Vladimir Vladimirovich, Chris Hutchins, describes in detail the relationship between the president and the oligarch. According to him, they talked like a father and beloved son, while Abramovich addressed Putin to “you,” since he is older.
In July 2008, Roman was relieved of his post as governor of Chukotka by President Dmitry Medvedev, who named Abramovich’s personal desire as the reason for his decision. In October 2008, the entrepreneur became chairman of the Chukotka Duma.
Roman Abramovich: biography. Personal life
The billionaire was officially married twice. His first wife, Olga Yuryevna Lysova, was a native of Astrakhan. The second wife of Roman Abramovich, Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina (after marriage – Abramovich), was a flight attendant by profession. She gave birth to an oligarch of five children: three daughters and two sons. In 1992, Anna was born, in 1993, Arkady was born, in 1995, the family was replenished with another child – Sophia, in 2001, Arina was born, and finally, in 2003, Ilya was born. Despite this number of children, the marriage could not be preserved – it broke up in March 2007, when the spouses were divorced by the Chukot district court. They independently agreed on how property will be divided and with whom the children will live. As you know, Malandina after the divorce received from the ex-spouse the amount of $ 300 million.
Now the businessman is meeting with designer Daria Zhukova (see photo below). Despite the fact that they are not officially listed, in 2009 Daria gave birth to a billionaire son. He was named Aaron Alexander. And in April 2013, another daughter of Roman Abramovich, Leia, was born.
The entrepreneur owns a huge amount of all kinds of property. He has three luxury-class yachts, which the Western media dubbed Abramovich’s Fleet:
- Eclipse is the world’s second-largest ship in the ranking of the longest motor yachts.
- Luna – sailboat length of 115 meters, designed for expeditions.
- Sussurro is another Roman Abramovich’s yacht, constantly residing in Antibes. It has a length of 50 meters and is used as an accompanying vessel.
Previously, the billionaire owned other major yachts, but subsequently sold them or donated them. The ship Pelorus for $ 300 million passed into the possession of David Giffen, the yacht Le Grand Bleu was donated to Eugene Shvidler, and the ship Ecstasea Roman sold in 2009 to an unknown buyer.
In addition to water transport, Abramovich owns air vehicles. He owns “Boeing 767-33A”, thanks to its characteristic color known as “Bandit”. This plane was first ordered by Hawaiian Airlines, but then it canceled the order, and Roman decided to buy a Boeing. Another aircraft Abramovich – A340-313H – was acquired by him in 2008. The entrepreneur also owns three helicopters that serve yachts belonging to him.
Among the land vehicles available to the oligarch are two armored limousines worth one million pounds sterling. In addition, Roman owns numerous cars, most of which were made to order and represent exclusive models, and a Ducati motorcycle, in which the fairings are painted in the colors of the Russian tricolor with airbrushing in the form of a two-headed golden eagle.
As is known, every year Forbes magazine names the richest people on the planet and publishes information about their savings. In accordance with these data, at the end of 2013, Abramovich Roman was in 68th place in the world billionaires’ rating. His condition at the end of 2014 was estimated at 9.1 billion dollars. The entrepreneur ranks 14th in the list of the richest people in Russia.
We’ll tell you about the real estate that an oligarch has. In his property are:
- a £ 29 million penthouse penthouse in Kensington;
- £ 28 million villa in West Sussex;
- six-story cottage in Knightsbridge at a price of 18 million pounds;
- a £ 15 million home in France;
- a house in St Tropez for £ 40 million;
- the five-storey mansion in Belgravia, the price of which is 11 million pounds;
- cottage in the Moscow region worth 8 million pounds.