Billionaire Gives Sochi Apartment to Russian Skating Champions

Viktor Vekselberg, Russia’s fourth richest man, will give a three-room apartment to the country’s Olympic pair-skating champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, billionaire’s Renova Co. said today in an e-mail.

The apartment in Vekselberg’s Azimut Hotel in Sochi should help Volosozhar and Trankov, who won gold this week, with a plan to open a figure-skating school for children in the Olympic host city, Vekselberg said.

The couple won the medal three nights ago. While the country failed to take a top-three spot at Vancouver 2010, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov added the silver medal in Sochi. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy took bronze.

The Russian pair’s victory gave the country the pair figure skating title for the 13th time in last 14 Olympics.

Vekselberg is estimated to be worth $15 billion by the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

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