39. Mikhail Prokhorov – $9 billion
Russian oligarchs deserve a list of their own, but we will settle for now with looking at one in particular.
Mikhail Prokhorov comes to show that Russia is the place to go if you want to see billionaires in their natural environment, clinging to any form of power available. Prokhorov is the country’s leading industrialist, virtually controlling the precious metal sectors.
However, he had to resign from active business positions, or least give that appearance when he signed up for politics in 2011. Prokhorov’s biggest achievement was finishing third win the 2012 Russian Presidential Elections by scoring 8% of the popular vote.
The funniest thing is that he did so without making a single critic on Putin. We all know how democracy functions in Russia.
You will be surprised to know Prokhorov’s biggest claim to fame is not the $9 billion sum associated with his bank account and not even his bid to become president. The magnate ensured a place amongst A-list celebs when he bought the Brooklyn Nets in 2010.
How often do you get to sit courtside next to a Russian tycoon?