Putin makes billionaires

Since 2012, the state of the oligarchs in Russia has grown by $ 29.5 billion.
The aggregate wealth of the richest Russians has increased by $ 29.5 billion since 2012, when Vladimir Putin's third presidential term began, Bloomberg reported citing its own data. As the agency notes, the state of the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos only in the last year grew significantly - by $ 33.2 billion.

In 2012, the rating of 500 richest people in the world according to Bloomberg included 12 Russians. The state of nine of them has since grown. Most significantly - the main owner of the "Norilsk Nickel" Vladimir Potanin. According to Bloomberg, its fortunes in six years increased by $ 6.4 billion to $ 19.1 billion.

Severstal's main owner Alexei Mordashov's fortune increased by $ 5.9 billion to $ 19.5 billion, with NLMK's main owner Vladimir Lisin at $ 5.8 billion to $ 19.1 billion, according to Bloomberg. The condition of the main shareholder of the coal company SUEK Andrey Melnichenko increased by $ 3.8 billion to $ 14.9 billion. The state of Lukoil's president Vagit Alekperov increased by $ 3.1 billion (up to $ 14.3 billion).

The state of the main owner of the group "Renova" Viktor Vekselberg reached $ 16.7 billion - which is $ 2.9 billion more than in 2012, writes Bloomberg. The condition of the shareholder of Sibur Leonid Mikhelson increased by $ 2.2 billion to $ 17.6 billion, the agency calculated.

The status of chairman of the board of directors of Uralkali Dmitry Rybolovlev Bloomberg estimated at $ 10.7 billion ($ 1.7 billion more than in 2012). The status of the chairman of the supervisory board of Alfa Group Mikhail Fridman increased by 1.1 billion to $ 13.6 billion.

Among those who did not manage to increase their capital, included Potanin's ex-partner in Norilsk Nickel and former rival of Putin in the 2012 elections Mikhail Prokhorov. According to Bloomberg, his fortunes declined by $ 1.6 billion in six years. In addition, since 2012 the state has decreased from co-owner Evraz Roman Abramovich ($ 0.7 billion to $ 13.7 billion) and from USM Holdings founder Alisher Usmanov ( on $ 1,1 billion to $ 15,5 billion), has counted Bloomberg.

The richest Russian billionaires succeeded in the first two years of Putin's third term, but "suffered substantial losses after the crisis in Ukraine in 2014," notes Bloomberg. The situation was further aggravated by subsequent sanctions and a fall in energy prices, the agency writes. To a minimum ($ 115 billion), the aggregate wealth of Russia's richest people, according to Bloomberg, fell in January 2016. According to the schedule, Bloomberg now stands at about $ 186 billion.

In early March, the rating of the richest people of the planet was published by Forbes magazine. Among the Russians in it the main owner of NLMK Vladimir Lisin is in the lead - his fortune the publication estimated at $ 19.1 billion.