Russian Backer of Star Wars BB-8 Droid Forms $100 Million Robot Fund

  • Grishin Robotics backed startups including BB-8 maker Sphero
  • New investments include Web-connected video doorbell Ring.com

Dmitry Grishin, chief executive officer of Mail.ru Group Ltd., gestures during the Goldman Sachs Disruptive Technology Symposium 2016 in London, U.K., on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. A growing number of online ventures are muscling into financial services, increasingly drawing backing from banks and institutional investors -- both for the platforms themselves and the debt they create. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Dmitry Grishin

Mail.ru’s Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Grishin, already an investor in Sphero, the maker of the Star Wars BB-8 drone, is bolstering his passion for tech companies by opening a private equity fund worth $100 million.

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