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#281 Petr Aven $5.74B

Random fact: Owns one of the largest collections of Russian paintings.

Overview

Aven is a board chairman of ABH Holdings, through which he holds a 12.4 percent stake in Moscow-based Alfa Bank, Russia's second-largest closely held bank. Through Luxembourg-based LetterOne, he owns minority stakes in European oil and gas producer DEA, as well as international mobile phone company Veon.

As of July 21, 2017:
Last change -$2.43M (-0.0%)
YTD change +$329M (+6.1%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset Cash
Citizenship Russian Federation
Age 62
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Aven's fortune is derived from the proceeds he received from the sale of a 3.4 percent stake in TNK-BP International. TNK-BP was a joint venture between seven Russian billionaires and London-based energy company BP that was sold to Russian oil business Rosneft in March 2013. The billionaires collected $27.7 billion in the sale, with Aven receiving $1.9 billion, in addition to almost $1.3 billion in dividends from 2004 to 2012, according to data compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Aven owns most of his interests, which include banking, telecommunications and insurance, through a web of companies based in Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands. He's also a partner in Alfa Group, along with Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Alexey Kuzmichev. Through Alfa and ABH Holdings he controls 12.4 percent of Alfa Bank, Russia's second-largest closely held bank by assets, according to the Interfax-Center of Economic Analysis as of June 30, 2016. He also has about 13 percent of asset management firm Alfa Capital and about 14 percent of Alfa Strakhovanie insurance company, both based in Moscow.

Through Luxembourg-based LetterOne, he and his partners completed the 5.1 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) acquisition of German RWE's Dea unit, which produces oil and gas in Norway, Germany and Egypt. Aven owns a 12 percent of the asset, which is valued based on the March 2015 acquisition price.

The billionaire also holds a 6.9 percent stake in Veon, a telecommunications group, and a 1.6 percent stake in Turkcell, Turkey's biggest mobile phone company, according to a March 2016 survey conducted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, a regulator in Turkey. He controls his stakes through Luxembourg-based LetterOne Holdings. Both assets are publicly traded.

Aven didn't respond to requests for comment regarding his net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 3/16/1955
Family: Widowed, 2 children
Education: 1980, Moscow State University, Economics, PhD 1977, Moscow State University, Graduated

Petr Aven was born in Moscow, in 1955, to a Soviet computer engineering professor, Oleg Aven. He attended a Moscow school that specialized in physics and mathematics. He graduated with an economics degree from Moscow State University in 1977 and received a doctorate in economics from the school three years later.

Aven moved to Laxenburg, Austria, in 1989, and began working at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, a scientific research entity focused on global policy issues. He returned to Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, and began working as a minister of foreign economic relations in the new Russian government. In government, Aven became an ally of Yegor Gaidar, the architect of the country's shock therapy policy, which allowed for the blanket release of price and currency controls, the withdrawal of state subsidies and immediate trade liberalization. The moves drew both praise and criticism after they were administered in post-Soviet Russia.

The billionaire left the government in 1992 and established a consulting company called Petr Aven's Finance a year later. He partnered with Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Alexey Kuzmichev in Alfa Bank, the anchor business of their Alfa Group holding company, which was founded in 1989 and has interests in insurance and retail. Aven became an Alfa Group partner and served as president of Alfa Bank until 2011, when he was named chairman.

Through Luxembourg-based LetterOne Holdings, the billionaire holds minor stakes in VimpelCom, international mobile phone operator, and Turkcell, Turkey's biggest mobile phone company.

Aven lives in Moscow.

Milestones
  • 1980 Receives a doctorate in economics from Moscow State University.
  • 1989 Starts work in Austria's International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
  • 1991 Becomes a minister of foreign economic relations in Russian government.
  • 1994 Named president of Alfa Bank.
  • 2001 Alfa Group invests in Russian mobile phone operator VimpelCom.
  • 2003 Telecommunications company Turkcell sells stake to Alfa Group.
  • 2011 Becomes a chairman of the Alfa Bank's board of directors.
  • 2013 State-owned Rosneft buys Russian billionaires' TNK-BP stake for $27.7 billion.