Born on Sept. 9, 1953, in Chust, Uzbekistan, Alisher Usmanov is a Russian business magnate and billionaire with an estimated wealth of $17.7 billion.
The son of a state prosecutor in Tashkent, Usmanov pursued a degree in international law at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations.
Usmanov’s fortune stems from business investments in various fields such as natural gas, media companies and precious metals. He is the co-owner of Metalloinvest, which he founded with Vasily Anisimov, heads Gazprominvestholding and owns Gallagher Holdings.
Usmanov is also a co-owner of the media holding, which is made up of the 7TV and Muz-TV federal television channels and 33 regional TV broadcasting stations. Additionally, he owns 24 percent of Arsenal Football Club, which makes him the second largest shareholder in the club.
Usmanov is a member of the Board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the chairman of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs committee. He is also one of the founders of the Arts and Sports Charity Foundation and a guarantor of the charity project “One Thousand Russian cities.” He was awarded a Medal of Honor of Russia in 2004.