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Richest Ukrainian Walks $13 Billion Tightrope

Each day at noon, hundreds of thousands of factory workers in Ukraine’s rebel hotbed pause as sirens blare for three minutes, a behavioral tool Rinat Akhmetov is using to help guard the country’s largest fortune.

The daily signal of defiance against pro-Russian militias and pay raises throughout his companies are just some of the measures the billionaire is taking to rally support for the national government in the Donbas industrial basin, where the majority of his 300,000 workers live. Most of them backed the revolt when the fighting began three months ago. Not anymore, according to company officials.