The first line of the rating is occupied for the fourth time by the chairman of the board of directors of the Novolipetsk metallurgical plant Vladimir Lisin ($ 19.1 billion), the second place went to the owner of Severstal Alexei Mordashov ($ 18.7 billion), the third position is occupied by the chairman of the board of PJSC " Novatek "Leonid Mikhelson (18 billion dollars).
The top ten also included Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov (16.4 billion dollars), Novatek and Sibur Board of Directors Gennady Timchenko ($ 16.1 billion), President of Interros Holding Vladimir Potanin (15, $ 9 billion), chairman of the committee for the strategy of Eurochem, Andrei Melnichenko ($ 15.5 billion), co-owner of LetterOne Holdings and Alfa Group Mikhail Fridman ($ 15.1 billion), as well as chairman of the board of directors of the Renova Group of Companies Viktor Vekselberg ($ 14.4 billion) and the main shareholder of USM Yjldings Alisher Usmanov ($ 12.5 billion).
Interestingly, the list of the richest people in the country included only four women. The highest line of the rating among the fair sex, the 79th place, was taken by the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, Elena Baturina, whose fortune is estimated at $ 1.2 billion.
Also, Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram, joined the richest businessmen of Russia, which was launched by Roskomnadzor, trying to block the messenger for refusing to follow the FSB order to provide the department with keys from the users' correspondence. According to Forbes, Pavel Durov owns $ 1.7 billion and takes 58th place in the ranking. Let us note that for the last year Durov doubled his capital - in 2017 he was on the 100th place in Forbes, and his fortune was estimated at 980 million dollars.
The youngest businessman from 200 richest became 22-year-old Denis Bazhaev, the heir of the founder of the "Alliance" group, Ziya Bazhaev, who was killed in the Yak-400 air crash in 2000. The young man as of 2018 owns $ 600 million.
The founder of KVD Group Denis Stengelov ($ 600 million), who is the co-owner of the infamous "Winter Cherry" shopping center, where 64 people, including 41 children, died in the March 2018 fire, also entered the list of Russia's richest businessmen.
Forbes notes that, despite the stagnation of the market and the expectation of new Western sanctions, for most businesses, 2017 turned out to be successful: the total fortune of 200 richest entrepreneurs grew by 25 billion dollars, and the number of billionaires increased from 96 to 106. The cut-off threshold remained at the same level - 500 million dollars, and the entrance ticket to the top ten went up to 12.5 billion dollars (in 2017 - 12.4 billion dollars).