The Amazing Toys Of Russia s NEW Wealthiest Oligarch

14 Mar

Alisher Usmanov is now Russia’s richest man thanks to the investment he made in Facebook three years ago.

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The oligarch, whose investment term DST has invested in several Silicon Valley startups and sold $1.4 billion worth of Facebook stock during the company’s IPO, is currently worth some $18.1 billion, according to Forbes.

While the rich and famous hope to pick up a piece at Sotheby’s auction, Usmanov was able to poach the entire collection before it even went for sale. He is also building a Roman bath under his house.

Usmanov owns Beechwood house, a Victorian mansion in London that he bought for $77 million.

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Usmanov’s neighbors in Highgate, London include Jude Law, Annie Lennox and George Michael. 

Jude Law

Usmanov is in the process of building a huge, Roman-style bathing complex and underground swimming pool in his Victorian mansion.

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Usmanov’s Russia’s Arts and Sports Charity Foundation is credited with carrying out a successful bid for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup.

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Usmanov’s country house is a Tudor mansion built in 1524 and was a gift from Henry VIII to one of his associates. It’s on 300 acres for privacy.

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Usmanov has a $100 million yacht named Dilbar, for his mother. The yacht is actually a downgrade from his previous one, which was $273 million.

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He reportedly just bought a wide-body Airbus A340 that is the largest private jet in Russia, and possibly in all of Europe. It could cost as much as $500 million, depending on how he outfits it.

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In 2007, Usmanov bought out a whole Sotheby’s auction for the art collection of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, paying more than $35 million. The paintings are displayed publicly at a Russian castle.

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Usmanov owns Comment, a well-known business newspaper in Russia with a circulation of 131,000. He fired the CEO and Editor-in-Chief for publishing negative comments about Vladimir Putin.

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In May 2009, Digital Sky Technologies, a company Usmanov owns a 32% stake in, paid $200 million for a 1.96% stake in Facebook. When the company went public, he became Russia’s richest man.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/alisher-usmanov-russias-richest-man-2012-6?op=1#ixzz2Kz4qoErs

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