Forbes names 50 Russians who conquered the world

Forbes names 50 Russians who conquered the world. 45690.jpegThe Russian edition of Forbes magazine has published the list of 50 Russian people, who managed to achieve great success abroad and become internationally recognized.

Forbes prepared the list of 50 Russians, who conquered the world. The respectable magazine wondered whether the natives of the USSR and Russia could create competitive enterprises, invest in foreign assets, conquer world markets, win popularity and fame.

The magazine did not distinguish immigrants from the USSR/Russia and Russian citizens, Finmarket reports.

Forbes divided the participants into five groups: the largest Russian investors abroad, entrepreneurs, who built their business outside Russia from nothing, most quoted Russian scientists, most popular and top-earning artists, musicians, producers and athletes. The magazine apparently decided to follow the saying "Any person who speaks and thinks Russian is a Russian." As a result, Forbes decided not to separate immigrants from Russian citizens, The Russian Times said.

As a result, the list of largest Russian investors in international assets is topped by an American of Russian origin Leonard Blavatnik, aged 54. He is ranked 80th on the global list of Forbes magazine with $10.1 billion. The rating also includes Aleksei Mordashov, Alisher Usmanov, Viktor Vekselberg, Vladimir Potanin, Mikhail Fridman, Oleg Deripaska and Roman Abramovich.

The list of Russian entrepreneurs, who built their business from scratch, includes such figures as Israeli oligarch Lev Levaev, who took part in the diamond business, and Valery Gapontsev, who deals with innovative projects.

According to, six members of this category holding the fortunes of over $1.2 billion each, graduated from the Moscow Physical and Technical Institute. They work with high-tech developments.

The list of top ten most successful Russian scientists include Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov (physics), Maksim Kontsevich (mathematics), Andrei Kravtsov (astrophysics), Evgeni Kunin (biology), Ruslan Medzhitov (biology), Atyom Oganov (geology), Sergei Odintsov (physics), Grigori Perelman (mathematics), Stanislav Smirnov (mathematics), and Gleb Sukhorukov (chemistry). Nearly all the scientists, except for mathematician Perelman, work in leading research centers outside Russia.

When working on the list of cultural figures and athletes, Forbes took account of the frequency of search queries and the level of income of internationally recognized Russian stars. The list includes opera singer Anna Netrebko and tennis star Maria Sharapova, who is recognized as one of the most popular sports stars on the Internet.

The list of athletes includes Alexander Ovechkin, Andrei Kirilenko, Andrei Arshavin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Fedor Emelianenko, Ilya Bryzgalov Vera Zvonareva.  

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