30. Andrey Guryev – $4.2 billion
Think of Andrey Guryev each time you contemplate an oversized vegetable on your plate.
This billionaire owns PhosAgro – the biggest and most profitable company specialized in producing phosphate-based fertilizers. Vladimir served as Member of the Federation Council between 2011 and 2013 and is what political analysts name a textbook Russian oligarch.
Take the basic rules of economy and add an X-factor. The recipe for becoming (and remaining) a billionaire in Russia involves passing through Putin’s filters and bowing your head to decisions coming from such a high level.
Unlike oligarchs that fell out of grace, Guryev performed this ballet successfully so far. His secret seems to rely on avoiding all contacts with the press at any cost.