Mikhail Prokhorov Has Promised To Donate His Billions To Charity If Elected Russian President

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Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian presidential candidate and the country’s third richest man, announced in an interview on Russian TV that he would donate practically all his money to charity if he was elected president The Telegraph reports that the Prokhorov, a metals tycoon and owner of the New Jersey Nets,  pledged to give away $17 billion of his $18 billion fortune during an intense debate, where one of his rivals accused him of ‘robbing’ his way to wealth in the 1990s.

He said he would keep the $1 billion for personal expenses. “I will need something to live on,” he said, Bloomberg reports.

But it looks like Prokhorov’s will not have to show his largesse anytime soon. His popularity ratings remain in single digits for now, and despite anti-Putin protests, an opinion poll released on Friday showed Putin would win 52 per cent of the vote if a presidential election was held now, eliminating the need for a run-off.

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