(biography, photos, videos) Andrey Melnichenko
Andrey Melnichenko biography
Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko was born in Gomel, making my mother a gift for International women’s day: a happy event took place on 8 March 1972.
He grew up in intelligent family of teachers. Andrei’s father – a scientist, a physicist, following in his footsteps and son went. Have Melnichenko had a penchant for the exact Sciences. After he won the Olympics in physics, he was accepted in the prestigious physical-mathematical school, USSR. The boy moved to Moscow to study.
After high school question about high school was not the Andrey Melnichenko came to the physics Department of Moscow state University. However, after a couple of years he was one of the first to feel that times are changing, and transferred to the Plekhanov Academy.
From childhood he was an adventurous and intelligent. In one interview, the grandmother of the businessman recalled how I went with my grandson to the Tretyakov gallery. At the entrance stood a long queue, then Andrew understood and was attached to the place, where there were foreigners. After 5 minutes, grandma and grandson have already considered the masterpieces of Russian painters.
Melnychenko started the business while still a student. Together with Mikhail Kuznetsov and Evgeny Ishchenko, they opened a travel Agency «Sputnik», then decided to sell the office equipment. In the same 1991, the partners opened a currency exchange, which worked until the end of 1992. Then came the law on licensing of foreign exchange transactions. Then partners began searching for the Bank to continue the exchange business. Found a small Bank, «Prime», opened first, then the second exchange. It soon became clear that the volume of transactions in these items is higher than for the Bank as a whole.
In the spring of 1993 Andrey Melnichenko registered financial and credit company «MDM» and got the license. First IXPs appeared in Moscow, then in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. Until the end of the year MDM has received a banking license. In early 2001, the MDM group has expanded the scope of activities. Andrew I. began actively buying up shares of promising coal enterprises.
In 2004, the MDM group has been eliminated, and after 3 years Melnichenko sold your shares in the same Bank, focusing on the industrial sector. In the same period he became the main owner of EuroChem, its share of the stock is 90 percent. EuroChem – Russia’s largest mineral fertilizer producer.
In the sphere of interests of Andrey Melnichenko also includes the Siberian coal energy company Siberian generating company. 92.2 percent of the stock of both owned by the billionaire.
The businessman is betting on the creation of leading companies. It eliminates potential risks building a promising management system.
Andrey Melnichenko is married to ex-model and singer Sandra Nikolic who was younger than him by 5 years.
The wife of the oligarch was born in Yugoslavia, raised in a wealthy family. She is the only daughter in a family that never knew failure. Her father – in-demand architect, a mother, an artist, maybe that’s why Sandra Nikolic is so sensitive to beauty.
In one interview she confessed that she met Andrey Melnichenko in the Villa with friends in France. Then, according to her, she was a blonde woman with sunken cheeks and bones covered with skin. With 15 years of age Sandra became a model. Now her figure was feminine, but the fascination of fashion and beauty will not go away. Sandra Nikolic – a supporter of healthy eating and teaches to this family. She jokes that in their house even the dog is happy to eat carrots.
Alexander and Andrew were together for two years, and in 2005 got married. The event took place on the French Riviera, especially for the newlyweds built the Russian chapel in which they married. A conservative estimate of the journalists, the wedding cost $ 14 million. The guests had booked rooms in a 5 star hotel.
In 2012, the couple Melnichenko was born the heiress. Daughter named Tara, but her parents did not show. The girl does not go to school, but travels extensively with his parents throughout the world.
Andrey Melnichenko – aesthete, he likes luxury and beauty. A subject of constant debate – his yacht simply called «A» (first letter of the names of the spouses). It is a real work of art. The yacht was designed by Philippe Starck, thought out design and accessories pens in the cabins. Western media enthusiastically wrote that one door handle pulls for 40 thousand dollars. On the boat — 14 bedrooms, its huge size – 120 meters in length. Billionaire’s yacht is considered one of the best in the world. Annually on maintenance, he spends about $ 20 million.
Businessman Andrey Melnichenko owns real estate in Russia, Monaco, France, Switzerland, America and England.
Forbes magazine estimates the state of Andrei Melnichenko 10.1 billion. He is the 11-th position in the rating of Russia’s richest men and 139 in the world ranking of the prestigious magazine.