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The owner of a chain of liquor stores is the fastest-growing billionaire in Russia

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The founder of the “Krasnoe & Beloe” (red and white) store chain, Sergey Studennikov, became the fastest-growing Russian businessman in the last year, Forbes reports. During the year, the 57-year-old billionaire became 113% richer and now his fortune is estimated at 3.2 billion dollars.

The owner of the retail chain is the only Russian who managed to double his capital after the demand for alcohol in the country increased sharply.

According to the Federal Service for the Regulation of Alcohol and Tobacco Markets, last year Russians bought 229.5 million deciliters (2.3 billion liters) of strong alcoholic beverages – a record volume for all statistics. Compared to 2022, sales of strong alcohol have increased by 4.1%, or by almost 100 million liters.

The second place in the list of entrepreneurs who increased their wealth the fastest and most sensitively is occupied by the former owner of Tubular Metallurgical Company (TMK) and the “Sinara” group, Dmitry Pumpyansky. He has become richer by 94%, his current capital is estimated at 3.3 billion dollars.

Third in the ranking is the main owner of the investment group “Region” Sergey Sudarikov, who has become richer by 80% (current net worth of 1.8 billion dollars).

In just one year, 64 big Russian businessmen managed to increase their wealth, and in total they became richer by 68.5 billion dollars, according to Forbes.

The number of dollar billionaires in Russia increased from 110 to 125 people during the year. This is the highest indicator for the entire history of the list of the richest businessmen in the world. The total wealth of Russian participants in the rating increased by 14% and amounted to 576.8 billion dollars. 19 Russians are included in the list for the first time.

The leader in the ranking is the founder of “Lukoil” Vagit Alekperov, who became richer by 8.1 billion dollars for the year. Alekperov’s total fortune is estimated at $28.6 billion.

In second place on the list is the head of “Novatek” Leonid Mikhelson with a fortune of $27.4 billion, and third is the main shareholder of NLMK Vladimir Lisin ($26.6 billion). Next, the head of the board of directors of “Severstal” Alexey Mordashov ($25.5 billion) and the president of “Norilsk Nickel” Vladimir Potanin with a fortune of $23.7 billion.

At least seven Russian billionaires renounced their Russian citizenship last year. Among them are Usmanov’s former partner, the billionaire Vasily Anisimov ($1.6 billion), the founder and main owner of the Freedom holding Timur Turlov ($2.4 billion), the founder of the Troika Dialog investment company Ruben Vardanyan ($1.3 billion dollars), the founder of the investment company DST Global Yuri Milner (7.3 billion). In addition, the founder of Revolut Nikolai Storonsky ($7.1 billion), the founder of the energy company Areti Igor Makarov ($2.2 billion) and the founder of Tinkoff Group Oleg Tinkov ($0.86 billion, estimate made after the sale of the Tinkoff bank).

Illustrative Photo by Adrien Olichon: https://www.pexels.com/photo/liquor-bottle-lot-2537608/

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