For a year of war in Ukraine The number of Russian billionaires increased from 88 to 110, and their wealth increased from 353 to 505 billion dollars. – reports the Russian edition of the magazine “Forbes”. Moreover, the 46 richest Russians are under sanctions by the US, UK and EU, according to the independent Moscow Times website.
The rating is headed by Andrei Melnichenko, he is also the 58th richest man in the world.. His fortune doubled to $25.2 billion within a year. It was possible, for example, thanks to the increase in the value of EuroChem – the company he founded, which deals in the production of industrial fertilizers.
Vladimir Potanin ranks second among Russian billionaireswho made his fortune in nickel mining and operations in the financial industry. The third – Vladimir Lisincontrols NLMK, one of the largest steel producers in Russia.
Unlike Melnichenko, who is richer than he was before the war, Potanin and Lisin’s fortunes have not yet returned to the level of 2021, The Moscow Times notes.
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There are fewer billionaires in the world, but in Russia itself the opposite
One of the reasons for the increase in the number and wealth of Russian billionaires in this year’s edition of the ranking is that Last year, the list was compiled after the Kremlin invasion of Ukraine began Forbes explains. Russian stocks have been suspended, the ruble has collapsed, and the Russian Central Bank’s official economic outlook has been worse than subsequent results.
Although the Russian economy in 2022 contracted by 2.1%. And it was losing as a result of the sanctions imposed on it, and the prices of commodities in the global markets were still high, and the fortunes of the Russian super-rich depended on it, as confirmed by the Moscow Times.
The number of billionaires in the world Meanwhile, it dropped from 2,668 in 2022 to 2,640 in 2023.. Their combined wealth fell by $500 billion to $12.2 trillion.
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