Vladimir Potanin is a Russian business oligarch who aquired his net worth through the controversial loans-for-shares program and business.
VLADIMIR POTANIN NET WORTH – $21.9 BILLION DOLLARS
|NAME: Vladimir Potanin|
|OCCUPATION: Russian Business Oligarch|
|BIRTHDAY: 3 January 1961|
|COUNTRY OF BIRTH: Russia / Soviet Union|
|SOURCE OF WEALTH: Business|
|PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Moscow|
EARLY LIFE & CAREER
Born in Moscow, while the country was still called the USSR, he attended the faculty of the International economic relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
After graduating in 1983, went to work for the FTO “Soyuzpromexport” with the Ministry of Foreign trade of the Soviet Union, following in the footsteps of his father.
Potanin quit the structures of Foreign trade and in 1991 and went on to create the private association Interros and later becoming president of the newly formed United Export Import Bank.
During 1995 he was heavily involved with the country’s “loans for shares” auctions that became a fundamental pillar of Russia’s post-Soviet economic reform.
He worked as First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation between 14 August 1996 and 17 March 1997 and has held more recent positions such as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Interros Company.
Potanin is a known supporter of certain cryptocurrency regulations as part of a broader acceptance of cryptocurrency and worked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on specific regulation.
HOUSES & ASSETS
Vladimir Potanin is not thought to own any properties outside Russia and any properties that he has owned previously have now been sold.
He is reported to own a large home in a wealthy suberb of Moscow, but the home has never been made public and no pictures of the home currently exist.
He is thought to have originally owned homes in London and New York before these assets were sold.
Potanin is known to have business dealings with Khutor ski resort and a number of Iranian internet companies.
Vladimir Potanin owns or owned a number of yachts including the luxury yacht Anastasia that was named after his daughter Anastasia.
designed by Sam Sorgiovanni the yacht was available for charter at just over $700,000 dollars and features 6 cabins that can hold 12 guests and can hold a crew of 20.
Potanin sold Anastasia in 2018 and the yacht has since been renamed Wheels.
Other yachts once in his collection include Nirvana Yacht, also designed by Sam Sorgiovanni with the vessel able to reach a maximum speed of 20 knots and the yacht Barbara, now sold to New York-based hedge fund manager Felix Baker.
FRIENDS, FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Vladimir Potanin is good friends with a number of other famous Russian Oligarchs and businessmen including Anatoly Chubais, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin and many more.
He was first married to Natalia Potanina in 1983, with whom he has three children and later divorced after 31 years of marriage and later married Ekaterina, with whom he has two children.
Owner of a Gulfstream G650, Potanins main private jet has a cost of roughly $65 million dollars and is thought to cost around $4,843.16 per hour to keep in the air.
He owns two other aircraft, both of which are thought to be Gulfstream G550 aircraft worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Fluent in Russian, English, and French, Vladimir Potanin has been seen on holiday in a number of luxurious countries and in both London and New York.
Potanin was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State Hermitage in 2003 and the Hermitage is known as the most renowned Russian art museum.
He is the only Russian to have ever signed The Giving Pledge and will give away at least hald his wealth to charity when he dies.
A member of the Civic Chamber of Russia until 2014, his charitable organization, the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, has donated many works, leading to him being awarded the French Legion of Honour later that year.
He took charge of the National Council on Corporate Governance in 2003 in an attempt to boost the reputation and investment appeal of the Russian businesses.