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#1 Richest: Rinat Akhmetov, 44

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Dec. 17, 2010, 3:14 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post

Anastasiya Syrotkina

Kyiv Post

$23.593 billion
Married with two sons
Interests: Metallurgy, energy, machine-building, finance, real estate, telecoms, retail, agriculture, media, sport and others In the year that his political ally Viktor Yanukovych became Ukraine’s president, Rinat Akhmetov’s fortune rocketed. He’s worth almost as much as the rest of the top 10 put together.

Ukraine’s richest man also staked a claim to a new epithet – Ukrainian nationalist.

After snapping up top steelmaker Illich in July, which had allegedly come under attack from Russian raiders, he explained that the purchase not only made economic sense but was also a “patriotic” move.

The deal gave Akhmetov a controlling stake in a steel mill valued at more than $2 billion for the knockdown price of $600-$860 million, according to Dragon Capital analysts – surely the deal of the year.

His Metinvest – the metallurgical arm of his System Capital Management holding company – is now one of the world’s top 20 steelmakers.

The purchase of Illich came after Akhmetov had missed out on another top steel plant, Zaporizhstal, snapped up from under his nose by investors linked with the Russian government.

Akhmetov, a Party of Regions lawmaker, is also angling for control of Kyiv’s Central Department Store, which he might just turn into a local version of London’s Harrods.

Perhaps he was inspired by the humiliation suffered by his soccer team Shakhtar Donetsk in February, when they were barred from entering Harrods for being inappropriately dressed.
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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2010, 6:59 a.m.    

Is it accidental most of these names are Russia?. If you can't beat them then steal everything they have!!

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2010, 12:11 p.m.    

No. Most are Jewish (or more accurately are Khazar/Canaanites). The ethnic Russians and Ukrainians were just the ones that spent from 1920 to 1990 slaving to build the assets that these anti-christian horde stole for kopeks.

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2010, 12:16 p.m.    

I would even suspect that if you dug a bit into Rinat's ancestry, you would probably find Jewish ancestry as well. I do not buy into the claim that he is Tatarian. However, so-called Jews and Tatarians share the same ancestry anyway, that being a mixture of Khazarian and Canaanite blood.

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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2010, 2:10 p.m.    

Anyone who wants to know about richest people can go to Forbes.com to get accurate information. Kyiv post is so wrong wrong wrong in its information. This guy Akhmetov is worth $5.2 billion according to Forbes. The next Ukrainian Ihor Kolomosky comes at $2 billion. Kyiv Post lasks credibility and its trying to stroke the ego of oligarchs to get business. Lashi Mittal is worth $7billion. Can Akhmetov be worth more than Mittal, I think not. Stop printing crap Kiyv post!

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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2010, 9:20 p.m.    

Strange....not many Ukes on the list!....wonder why?

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2010, 5:45 p.m.    

nobody ever got rich in Ukraine the honest way..

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