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Charity, Russian Style
Earlier this year, 52-year-old
nickel magnate Vladimir Potanin became the first Russian billionaire to sign up
for the Giving Pledge, promising at least half of his wealth to philanthropic causes.
Interest in charitable giving is growing among the richest Russians, Bloomberg Markets reports in its
September issue. Many of these Russians prospered on assets they purchased in
the post-Soviet era of the 1990s. Some are now seeking to throw off their
reputations as profligate spenders more interested in yachts than philanthropy,
especially because, as Potanin says, “The gap between the poor and the rich is
so huge.” Here are the
most 10 charitable Russian billionaires.