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Born October 24,1966 in Saratov on Volga River in southern Russia.

Lost mother to illness aged 18 months old.

Father killed in a construction accident when he was four.

Adopted by father's brother, lived for a time in Moscow, then with maternal grandparents in northern region of Komi.

Attended Industrial Institute in city of Ukhta in Komi,before being drafted into Soviet army.

Concentrated business activities on trading oil products out of Russia's largest refinery in Omsk, westernSiberia.

Investigated,but eventually cleared in 1992 of alleged misappropriation of 55 railroad wag ons full of diesel fuel from Ukhtinsky petroleum processing plant.

Has controlling interest in Russian oil giant Sibneft, as well as shares in national airline Aeroflot,and a television company, among other holdings, through Millhouse Capital, registered in Britain.

Owns Russian ice hockey team. Founded charitable foundation Pole of Hope, which has paid people's back salaries, sent children to summer camps on the Black Sea and sent shipments of food aid to Chukotkan villages.

Owns 42- hectare country estate near Moscow with wife and four children.

Elected member of Russian parliament in 1999 representing remote region of Chukotka,just across Bering Strait from Alaska.

Elected governor of Chukotka in 2001 and begins radically building up province's infrastructure.

Listed by Forbes magazine as second richest man in Russia in 2002, worth around $3billion (pounds 1.8bn).This year listed as 49th richest person in world, with new worth of $5.7billion (pounds 3.42bn). Sunday Times claims he is worth pounds 3.8bn.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Jul 2, 2003
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