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Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov is the richest of the rich billionaires from Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. Collectively, some argue that he and another two dozen or so of the richest businessmen have a stranglehold over the economy and hope to tighten their grip under a Victor Yanukovych presidency. Akhmetov has long backed the Party of Regions. He entered parliament for the first time in 2006 on the party’s ticket, but rarely attends sessions. Akhmetov says that Donetsk Shakhtar soccer team, winner of last year’s UEFA Cup, is his passion. He invested $400 million into a new Donbass stadium. Such expensive hobbies, along with politics, are funded with profits from a diversified portfolio of assets in steel, mining, energy, telecoms, media and property.

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