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#252 Iskander Makhmudov $6.36B

Random fact: Speaks English, Arabic and Russian.

Overview

Makhmudov is president and the biggest shareholder of Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, Russia's second-largest copper producer. The billionaire also owns stakes in railway carmaker Transmashholding, container port Vostochny, logistics company Transoil and subway station contractor Mosmetrostroy.

As of Oct. 17, 2017:
Last change +$85.6M (+1.4%)
YTD change +$684M (+12.1%)
Industry Commodities
Biggest asset UMMC
Citizenship Russian Federation
Age 53
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Makhmudov's fortune is derived from his interests in metals, manufacturing and transportation, the biggest of which is his controlling stake in Ural Mining & Metallurgical Co., Russia's second-largest copper miner, according to its website. 

UMMC had $5.3 billion in revenue in 2016, according to its website, and is valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of two publicly traded peer companies. He's credited with 40 percent of the business.

Makhmudov's transportation assets include a stake in railcar manufacturer Transmashholding, which is valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales, enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of two comparable publicly traded peers: Alstom and Siemens. He owns a stake in the closely held logistics companies, Transoil and TransGroup, and in Aeroexpress, a rail-link operator for Moscow airports. 

Aeroexpress is valued using its reported financials and the average enterprise value-to-Ebitda and price-to-earnings multiples of two comparable publicly traded peers. The rail cargo units are valued using financials reported in local media and the average enterprise value-to-sales, enterprise value-to-Ebitda and price-to-earnings multiples of comparable publicly traded peers. 

He also controls Vostochny Port and port Rosterminalugol, subway station contractor Mosmetrostroy, and has minority stakes in the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant, and Kalashnikov group, a producer of the AK-47 rifle.

Makhmudov declined to comment on his net worth through his personal assistant.

Biography

Birthdate: 12/5/1963
Family: Married, 1 child
Education: Tashkent State University, Languages, Graduated

Iskandar Makhmudov was born in 1963 in Bukhara, a southern Uzbekistan province located along the ancient Silk Road trading route. After attending Tashkent State University, Makhmudov, who speaks Arabic, worked for the Soviet Union's Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations as an interpreter in Libya and Iraq. In Libya, he worked for the country's state-run arms export agency.

The billionaire partnered with two pairs of brothers -- Mikhail and Lev Cherney and David and Simon Reuben -- and created a metal trading company named Trans World Group in the early 1990s and, in 1996, became general director of Gaisky GOK, the Ural region's largest copper miner.

During the next three years, he and Andrey Kozitsyn, general director of nearby copper processor UralElectromed, consolidated the region's copper mine operations. The partners officially founded the new group as a corporate entity in October 1999, calling it Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company. Within one year, UMMC became Russia's biggest copper producer. He also partnered with fellow billionaire, Oleg Deripaska, and was deputy general director of Deripaska's United Co. Siberian Aluminium, or Sibal, from 1998 to 2002.

Makhmudov made his steps toward creating a metals empire beyond copper in 2001, buying a majority stake in Russian steam coal producer Kuzbassrazrezugol with partner Andrey Bokarev. That year, he also tried expanding into steel with a failed hostile takeover of Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, then the largest producer of the metal in Russia. A year later, he and Bokarev founded railroad car-manufacturer Transmashholding.

He continued to diversify and, in 2003, bought Electrozinc, one of Russia's two zinc plants. In the five years that followed, UMMC moved into construction and agriculture, and now operates 30 businesses across 14 regions in Russia.

In 2004, Makhmudov was named in a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Delaware by an ex-associate, Dzhalol Khaidarov, a former director at Kachkanarsk Mining and Processing Enterprise. In the suit, Khaidarov accused Makhmudov and two others of money laundering and acting as an organized crime group. The case was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction.

Makhmudov was again named in a money laundering case following a 2011 investigation in Spain. Spanish authorities handed the case over to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office November 2011. The Prosecutor General's Office head of international department Saak Karapetyan told Interfax news service on May 5, 2012, that the case was transferred to the Interior Ministry's Investigative Committee and declined to comment further.

Milestones
  • 1963 Iskandar Makhmudov is born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
  • 1984 Begins working for Soviet Union's foreign relations in Middle East.
  • 1996 Appointed General Director of Gaisky GOK, a copper miner.
  • 1999 Co-founds Ural Mining and Metallurgical Co.
  • 2001 Acquires stake in Kuzbassrazrezugol, producer of steam coal.
  • 2002 Incorporates Transmashholding, a locomotive maker.
  • 2003 UMMC buys Electrozinc, one of two Russian zinc plants.
  • 2009 France's Alstom buys 25 percent of Transmashholding.