Rinat Akhmetov

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  • Name: Rinat Akhmetov ( Rinat Akhmetov )
  • Date of birth: 21 September 1966
  • Age: 50 years
  • Place of birth: Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Height: 185
  • Activity: Ukrainian businessman, billionaire, politician, President of FC «Shakhtar», the founder and head of the SCM
  • Marital status: Married

    Rinat Akhmetov biography

    Rinat Akhmetov is the richest citizen of Ukraine, which today is one of the five Ukrainians are in the TOP richest people in the world. His biography is full of legends and myths, because an oligarch is a non-public person, which is devoid of social events and parties. Billionaire not exhibited at the show their condition, but has a lot of opportunities and connections among the political elite of the Ukraine, which has a serious impact. The unprecedented success of the Foundation in business is often associated with the underworld, th most called the «king of the Donbass» and informal leader of the «Donetsk clan».

    Born Akhmetov Rinat Leonidovich 21 September 1966 in the mining town, «October», located within the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, in family of the miner Leonid and his wife of Nakii, who worked as a salesman in the store. The future oligarch was the youngest son of my parents – he has an older brother, Igor, who as well as father worked at the mine and, while still young, retired, earning a severe lung disease.

    Rinat young childhood passed in poverty and humility. His parents, the indigenous Tatars, lived in the old house and could hardly provide their children with food. So the boys were not immoral, and serious guys who dream from childhood of a decent life. Akhmetov received secondary education in local school No. 63. Teachers remember him as a smart, savvy, but rowdy boy. Instead of exact Sciences, he always preferred classes in the sports sections, so skipped lessons and often came to school with a broken nose.

    After high school, biography of Rinat Akhmetov covered with mystery sources claim that he received higher economic education at the Donetsk state University and worked as a freight forwarder in the Donetsk shop No. 41, whose Director was the former President of FC «Shakhtar» Exclaim (Alexander) Bragin, which in his circle was called Alik Grek. Also informal sources there is information that in his youth the President was allegedly a professional gambler and earned his first capital in the «tour» in the former Soviet space.


    The first official information on the activities of Rinat Akhmetov appeared in the early 90-ies, when he founded Donetsk city Bank and became the youngest banker of Ukraine. Just a few years, the Bank has evolved from a serious proportions and became the nominal holder of the shares of many Donetsk businesses, whose activity has been associated with the industry.

    In 1995, Rinat Akhmetov became the President of the sports club «miner», which he inherited from Bragin, deliberately killed at a football stadium for unknown reasons. Until 2000 the businessman has already established its own Empire under the name of «System capital Management» and a few years became its sole shareholder.

    In the assets of SKM Rinat Akhmet include more than a hundred industrial enterprises that operate in the steel, energy, telecommunications and banking industries. In addition, among the enterprises of the businessman there are company wholesale retail trade, supermarkets and gas stations, as well as enterprises related to media business, real estate and insurance.

    Because of the armed conflict in the Donbas Akhmetov, the business was faced with serious difficulties. Owned by the holding company SKM enterprises in the East of Ukraine were regularly subjected to shelling, with the result that they had to stop. We are talking about yenakiieve steel, Avdiivka coke mine «Komsomolets of Donbass» and Luganskaya TPP. Also the billionaire has lost control over many enterprises located in the Crimea.


    In addition to business billionaire Rinat Akhmetov throughout their activities are constantly associated with politics in Ukraine, despite the fact that he considers himself apolitical. According to unofficial sources, he became a mainstay of Viktor Yanukovych in the struggle for a post of the Governor of the Donetsk region, which the former President of Ukraine came out the absolute winner.

    In 2001 Akhmetov finally decided to enter the political arena of the country, which was considered as a huge market, driven by the government. Then, thanks to the strong support of Akhmetov, Yanukovych, as the representative of the Donetsk «elite» could become the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the businessman has officially joined the Party of regions and participated in the parliamentary elections.

    In BP, he joined the Committee for economic policy and developed in the Parliament active. It is believed that Akhmetov was the initiator of the judgment, according to which goskomrezerv sold to private companies for the debts of the Ukrainian power generating enterprises, most of which was part of the holding SKM.

    Since 2012, Akhmetov withdrew from politics and did not stand for Parliament. However, he remained a «sponsor» of the political process in the country, providing financial support to parties and non-factional politicians who want to see at the helm of the country.

    Personal life

    Personal life of Rinat Akhmetov less interesting than his career. He married his first love Lily Smirnova, which is the legally married for more than 20 years. Wife gave birth to the oligarch two children, Damir and Almira, who study and live permanently in the UK.

    The only fascination in addition to Akhmetov’s business is sport in all its manifestations. Especially the billionaire is fond of Boxing and football. Also in Ukraine, the oligarch has the title of honorary philanthropist. In 2005 he founded the charitable Foundation «Development of Ukraine», which annually invests up to $ 10 million from its own funds.

    Charity Akhmetov has several areas that concern health, education, culture and targeted assistance to people. The Foundation of Rinat Leonidovich develops the project «family Warmth», which supports orphans.


    The state of Rinat Akhmetov in 2016 is estimated at 2.3 billion dollars. This amount allows him to continue to occupy a leading place among the richest Ukrainians, despite the fact that it decreased by 4.5 billion compared to last year.

    In the world ranking of the rich Akhmetov takes place with 771 1800, while a year ago was on the 201st position.


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