The Amazing Toys Of Russia's NEW Wealthiest Oligarch

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Alisher Usmanov is now Russia’s richest man thanks to the investment he made in Facebook three years ago.┬áThe oligarch, whose investment term DST has invested in several Silicon Valley startups and sold $1.4 billion worth of Facebook stock during the company’s IPO, is currently worth some $18.1 billion, according to Forbes.

While the rich and famous hope to pick up a piece at Sotheby’s auction, Usmanov was able to poach the entire collection before it even went for sale. He is also building a Roman bath under his house.

Usmanov owns Beechwood house, a Victorian mansion in London that he bought for $77 million.

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Usmanov's neighbours in Highgate, London include Jude Law, Annie Lennox and George Michael.

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Usmanov is in the process of building a huge, Roman-style bathing complex and underground swimming pool in his Victorian mansion.

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Usmanov married his wife, Irina, in 1992. She's a former gymnast.

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Usmanov's Russia's Arts and Sports Charity Foundation is credited with carrying out a successful bid for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup.

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Usmanov's country house is a Tudor mansion built in 1524 and was a gift from Henry VIII to one of his associates. It's on 300 acres for privacy.

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Usmanov has a $100 million yacht named Dilbar, for his mother. The yacht is actually a downgrade from his previous one, which was $273 million.

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He reportedly just bought a wide-body Airbus A340 that is the largest private jet in Russia, and possibly in all of Europe. It could cost as much as $500 million, depending on how he outfits it.

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In 2007, Usmanov bought out a whole Sotheby's auction for the art collection of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, paying more than $35 million. The paintings are displayed publicly at a Russian castle.

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Usmanov owns Comment, a well-known business newspaper in Russia with a circulation of 131,000. He fired the CEO and Editor-in-Chief for publishing negative comments about Vladimir Putin.

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All the kids in Russia can thank Usmanov, who purchased the rights to a large collection of Soviet cartoons for $10 million then donated them to a Russian children's television channel.

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In May 2009, Digital Sky Technologies, a company Usmanov owns a 32% stake in, paid $200 million for a 1.96% stake in Facebook. When the company went public, he became Russia's richest man.

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