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Alisher Usmanov is now Russia’s richest man thanks to the investment he made in Facebook three years ago. The 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 is in the process of building a huge, Roman-style bathing complex and underground swimming pool in his Victorian mansion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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