Vladimir Potanin



Vladimir Olegovich Potanin
 (born 3 January 1961) is a Russian billionaire and entrepreneur. He acquired his wealth notably through the controversial loans-for-shares program in Russia. He is one of the wealthiest men in Russia, with an estimated net worth of $13.5 billion (Forbes 2016). His long-term business partner was Mikhail Prokhorov until they decided to split in 2008. Subsequently, they put their mutual assets in a holding company, Folletina Trading, until their asset division was agreed upon.


Potanin's Interros owns 30% and controls Russian Nickel giant Norilsk Nickel, a company owned by Oleg Deripaska's RUSAL, Abram Reznikov's Alamak Espana Trade and Alisher Usmanov's Metalloinvest. Since March 2003 Potanin has taken charge of the National Council on Corporate Governance (NSKU), whose main goal is to improve the legislative regulations in Russia and to introduce professional and ethical standards of corporate governance into the operations of Russian companies to boost up the reputation and investment appeal of the Russian business.

In May 2015 Potatin has been named a co-defendant in a case in which Vneshekonombank is looking for damages for losses from the liquidation of a corporation where he indirectly owned a stake.
 

Magnit and Norilsk Nickel entered the Forbes list of the world's most innovative companies

Business10.08.2017

The companies achieved such positions due to the "innovative premium", the difference between the capitalization and the discounted cash flow from the existing business.

Norilsk Nickel got into a mess in Botswana

Business08.08.2017

What the expansion into Africa brought for Norilsk Nickel and its general director Vladimir Potanin.

Metalloinvest has withdrawn from Norilsk Nickel

Business24.07.2017

The 1.79% stake was sold for $400 million.

Vladimir Potanin and Alexey Miller destroy the nature of the North Caucasus

Society22.07.2017

The ski resort Rosa Khutor and the Mountain Tourism Center of Gazprom can deprive of access to drinking water more than 100 thousand people around Sochi.

The most expensive planes of Russian oligarchs

Business26.06.2017

What the Russian oligarchs use to move their bodies around the world.

Potanin's flotilla: businessman can part with Anastasia and stay with Barbara

Society25.06.2017

The fleet of the owner of Anastasia, Nirvana and Barbara can be estimated at about $500 million.

Putin's plan to get billions back from offshore havens gave the opposite effect

Business06.06.2017

Putin's oligarchs prefer to become non-residents of Russia, just not to give information about their assets abroad.

Which Russian oligarch's yacht is longer?

Business05.06.2017

What yachts the Russian oligarchs have. 

When length matters

Society23.05.2017

How Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and other Russian billionaires buy and sell luxury yachts.

Ex-wife of Potanin filed a lawsuit against the billionaire for another 850 billion rubles

Business23.05.2017

This time, the object of litigation was the rights of beneficial ownership of the shares of Norilsk Nickel and Polyus Gold.

Norilsk Nickel's asset in Africa attracted the attention of the family of the Emir of Dubai

Business07.04.2017

Investment group from the United Arab Emirates, close to the family of the Emir of Dubai, is preparing a proposal for the purchase of the BCL from Botswana, which "Norilsk Nickel" is suing for $271 million.

The richest people of Russia in the Forbes global ranking 2017

Business21.03.2017

List of most wealthy Russians for the second consecutive year is headed by the co-owner of "Novatek" and "Sibur" Leonid Michelson.

Potanina demanded her ex-husband to pay 215 billion rubles

Society14.03.2017

Natalia Potanin, the former wife of the president of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, has asked the court to recover 215 billion rubles from her ex-husband as compensation for the shares of KM Invest.

From Kerimov to Potanin: 10 billionaires who received the most cash in 2016

Business27.02.2017

Sale of assets and dividends earned them about $12.4 billion of revenues in 2016. 

Potanin and Berezkin will buy almost 40% in Bystrinsky mining complex from Norilsk Nickel

Business26.01.2017

The buyer is their CIS Natural Resources Fund, the final decision will depend on the Chinese partners.

Norilsk Nickel to buy 1.5 million tons of Soviet copper concentrate from Rostec

Business28.12.2016

Raw materials, which have been kept in the State Fund since 1980, will cost the company 67.5 billion rubles.

Norilsk Nickel will open its doors to investors

Business22.12.2016

Company will isolate its key assets, and is ready to attract partners to the rest of them.

VTB will do nickel and copper mining

Business22.12.2016

The state bank is ready to buy the Russian Platinum's share in the steel project on the Taimyr Peninsula.

Mamut will pay another $295 million for Internet holding Rambler&Co

Business16.12.2016

It was a condition of his deal with Vladimir Potanin.

Copper curse of Alisher Usmanov

Business29.11.2016

The cost of the first development phase of the Udokan copper deposit has risen, without even starting, by 76%. The mine owner, oligarch Usmanov, for years has been unable to start the development.   

Hello, America

Business01.11.2016

How Mikhail Prokhorov became an American billionaire.

Virus Chemezation

Business31.10.2016

Rostec carved up millions of rubles on vaccines.

Crimson River of Norilsk Nickel

Society31.10.2016

The company regularly dumps its wastes into the Daldykan river and poisons its inhabitants, as evidenced by satellite images of the American NASA.

Subsidiary of Rostec wants to produce the most expensive vaccine

Business02.10.2016

So far the state buys the medicine from Pfizer and its partner Petrovax farm.

How loser Prokhorov was milked: from trickster Vladimir Yakovlev to rogue Derk Sauer

Business06.05.2016

The oligarch's brain was replaced by friendship with Valentin Yumashev.

Abramovich and Deripaska will become co-owners of Rosa Khutor

Business29.04.2016

Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska, through Norilsk Nickel, will become co-owners of Rosa Khutor, the largest ski resort in Russia. Norilsk Nickel will invest more than $250 million in its development.

Top managers of Norilsk Nickel face jail or a fine in Finland

Business19.06.2015

Police of the south-western region of the country handed over the case on violation of environmental legislation by the plant in Harjavalta to the prosecutor office.

RBC investigation: who finances the construction of new churches in Moscow

Society28.05.2015

Since 2010, Moscow has has a program "200 churches": the Russian Orthodox Church has received 143 plots of land from the city authorities, and 14 new churches have been built. RBC finds out how much it costs and who gives the money.