March 2017

Leonid Mikhelson, co-owner of Novatek and Sibur, was recognized as the richest entrepreneur of Russia for the second consecutive year

American Forbes on Monday, March 20, unveiled the annual, 31st on the account - the rating of world billionaires. The list included 96 representatives of Russia, 19 more than a year earlier.

Forbes is due to a number of serious factors. The Russian economy stabilized in 2016, a number of key industries are showing signs of recovery. Oil quotes for the year rose by 25%. Other commodity markets, important for Russia, also demonstrate positive dynamics. The election of US President Donald Trump gives grounds to look at the future of Russian-American relations (with an exaggerated relationship with the West) with cautious optimism.

He headed the Russian part of the rating - for the second time in a row - co-owner of Novatek and Sibur Leonid Mikhelson. His fortune is estimated at $ 18.4 billion, compared to last year, Mikhelson's assets increased in value by $ 4 billion. In the global Forbes rating, Leonid Mikhelson took 46th place (last year he took the 60th place).

The second place among the Russian participants in the Forbes rating was taken by the owner of Severstal Alexei Mordashov. His fortune is estimated at $ 17.5 billion. For the year this figure grew by $ 6.6 billion. Mordashov ranks 51 in the global rating of Forbes. Vladimir Lisin took the third place among Russian entrepreneurs in the ranking. Forbes estimated his fortune at $ 16.1 billion. Forbes took 57th place (in 2016 - 116th place).

In total, the list of billionaires includes a record 2,043 entrepreneurs, which is 13% more than last year. Bill Gates led the list with an estimated state of $ 86 billion. Second place was occupied by Warren Buffett (owner of the investment company Berkshire Hathaway), an assessment of the state - $ 75.6 billion. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos took the third place, his fortune was estimated at $ 72.8 billion

The cumulative state of participants of the Forbes billionaires rating in 2017 was $ 7.67 trillion. This is 18% more than last year. The value of assets owned by billionaires is estimated as of February 17, 2017.

More information about the global ranking of billionaires and Russian participants - on Forbes.ru.

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