Mikhail Maratovich Fridman is a Russian business mogul and philanthropist of Ukrainian descent. He is best known as the Co-founder of the Alfa Group along with partners German Khan, Alexei Kuzmichov and many others. The corporation deals in the investment sector. Born on April 21, 1964 in Lviv, Ukraine of USSR, he is a graduate of Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, 1986 batch.
Mikhail started his own business in the form of a company named “Courier” which provided clients with window cleaning services. From the beginning, Fridman had been a smart student and won Olympiads in science and mathematics. He is currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Alfa Group and also the DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, which is owned by the L1 Group, of which he is the Chairman.
Let us now look at the esteemed Fridman Family
Mikhail was born to working class Jewish parents in Ukraine. His family had enough source of income that provided well for the Fridman household. He had a very normal upbringing and was constantly encouraged by his parents to do well in academics.
Fridman Spouse – Olga Fridman
Fridman married Olga, but they are separated now. The couple had met while studying in Moscow and together has two children.
Fridman Children – Larisa Fridman & Katerina Fridman
Mikhail and Olga have two children and both of them prefer keeping their personal life private, so not much is known about them publicly.
As of 2015, Mikhail Fridman has a net worth of 14.8 billion USD. This makes him the 68th richest person in the world and the 2nd richest in Russia.
Mikhail is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Russia presently. In the year 2005 he was appointed to represent Russia on the International Advisory Board of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. Mikhail ardently supports many Jewish initiatives all across the European countries and is credited for establishing the Russian Jewish Congress. Also, he has donated huge sums to a non-profit organization called the European Jewish Fund, which helps promote tolerance and peace among various religious communities in Europe. The man also established the Genesis Philanthropy Group along with his business partners and has been honored by the World Brand Academy with their award titled “For Creation of Successful Russian Brand”. Mikhail has been many a times named the “Businessman of the Year” by several prestigious magazines.