Rich Russians: The wealthiest oligarchs who call London home

Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich are joined in the capital by a host of lesser-known wealthy compatriots

Josie Cox
Wednesday 14 March 2018 16:05 GMT
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Mr Usmanov built his wealth through metal and mining but is best known as a major shareholder in Arsenal
Mr Usmanov built his wealth through metal and mining but is best known as a major shareholder in Arsenal

Tensions heating up between Russia and the UK in the aftermath of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, could hit members of the Russian elite hard if it leads to the country’s oligarchs being denied access to the luxuries of London.

The most prominent rich Russians living in the capital are perhaps Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov. Here’s a rundown including some of the lesser known others, alongside their estimated net worth, according to last year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

Alisher Usmanov (£11,791m)

Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian magnate who also regularly ranks in the Forbes rich list and Bloomberg Billionaire index. He built his wealth through metal and mining but is best known as a major shareholder in Arsenal FC.

Roman Abramovich (£8,053m)

As well as being the owner of Chelsea Football Club, Abramovich is also an investor and politician. He lives in Chelsea and also owns stakes in steel giant Evraz and Norilsk Nickel. He’s reportedly the proud owner of the world's second-largest yacht, which he bought for nearly $400m in 2010.

Eugene Shvidler (£1,068m)

The 53-year old is less of a household name but his riches are nonetheless vast. Like Abramovich, with whom he is good friends, he also owns stakes in Evraz and Norilsk Nickel. He’s also the executive chairman of Highland Gold Mining. He reportedly lives in Belgravia and also owns a French vineyard.

Vladimir Makhlai (£1,000m)

The engineer and entrepreneur has lived in London since 2006. He owns a major stake in the world’s largest producer of ammonia, a company called TogliattiAzot. He was president and chief executive of that company before retiring in 2011 at which point his son took over.

Yelena Baturina (£822m)

The 55-year old is an international entrepreneur and philanthropist. Throughout her career she’s also dabbled in investment. She owns a hotel chain that has properties in Russia, Ireland and Austria, and she also has interests in the renewable energy industry.

Andrey Andreev (£700m)

At the age of 44, Andreez is one of the younger Russian millionaires resident in London. He’s best known for having founded dating website Badoo alongside a slew of other, lesser known internet businesses. In 2015 he teamed up with Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder, to launch Bumble, another dating app which is aimed specifically at women.

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