Wednesday, 2 May 2012

58. Mikhai Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov
Net Worth
$13.2 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 46
  • Source of Wealth: investments, self-made
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Country of Citizenship: Russia
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Moscow Institute of Finance
  • Marital Status: Single
Forbes Lists
The New Jersey Nets owner handed over management of his Onexim holding to hired executives and went into politics this fall: after unsuccessfully trying to create Pravoye Delo party, he shocked the world when he jumped into Russia's 2012 presidential race against strongman Vladimir Putin. Prokhorov, who received only 8 percent of the vote in the Mar. 4 election, ran a mostly tame campaign, with two notable exceptions: rapping on television (calling himself "the Russian Eminem") and promising to free jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The 6-foot-8 bachelor and martial arts buff lost nearly $5 billion in 12 months as the value of his publicly traded gold and metal holdings fell. He plans to move the Nets, which he bought in 2009, to a new arena in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards in 2012. Prokhorov owns 45 percent of the real estate project. He is also publishing a Russian-language magazine, Snob, in the U.S. Back home, Prokhorov is spending $200 million to help make Russia's first hybrid, the Yo. [...] more

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