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.

Deripaska postponed the launch of the Russian roulette


UC Rusal will make a decision about this until the end of April.

Putin makes billionaires


Since 2012, the state of the oligarchs in Russia has grown by $ 29.5 billion.

Oleg Deripaska took a timeout until May to seek money


Rusal is in no hurry to buy out shares of Norilsk Nickel from Roman Abramovich.

Deripaska went on the path of the nickel war


In December the term of the agreement between the shareholders of Norilsk Nickel expires, after which it is possible to expect a new corporate conflict between the shareholders of the company.

Vladimir Potanin crept up to Alexei Mordashov


In the list of the richest Russian businessmen according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Russian oligarchs are fat with money


Russian billionaires have grown rich by 22 billion dollars since the beginning of the year.

Expensive Russian steel


Russian metallurgists have grown rich by more than $1 billion in half a day.

Who will inherit the money of the Russian nouveaux riches


What Russian billionaires say about the fate of their capitals. 

Why Mikhail Prokhorov can no longer increase his fortune


The owner of Onexim Group will no longer be able to conduct business in Russia, and no one will be let the "genius businessman" earn in the West.

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


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


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

Metalloinvest has withdrawn from Norilsk Nickel


The 1.79% stake was sold for $400 million.

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


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


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

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


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


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?


What yachts the Russian oligarchs have. 

When length matters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

VTB will do nickel and copper mining


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


It was a condition of his deal with Vladimir Potanin.