Forbes magazine has recognized Russia’s richest man of Uzbek origin as the businessman of the 2014 in the category “success.”
An ongoing project of the magazine Forbes «Businessman of the Year” is formed on the basis of editorial vote. The main selection criterion of nominees is the results of their investments.
The richest man in Russia, Alisher Usmanov has far-reaching interests in several of his nation’s key sectors. Among his holdings are stakes in iron ore and steel giant Metalloinvest, Russia’s number 2 mobile phone operator MegaFon, and Kommersant, the country’s largest business daily. He is also a member of the governing bodies including the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland IV in 2013. An early Facebook investor, he sold his shares a year ago but has said he has a stake in Alibaba, the biggest ecommerce company in the world by market cap. He also is a shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.
Today, the share of Chinese companies in the portfolio of Internet investment Usmanov has increased to 70-80%.
Philanthropy of Usmanov was also taken into account. The businessman wealth is estimated at 18.6 billion dollars. He is still the richest citizen of Russia.