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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.

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