Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian Billionaire
Mikhail Prokhorov is a skilled businessman with a background in finance and natural resources, Russian billionaire and owner of the American basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. Mikhail participated in the presidential election on March 4, 2012 and took 3rd place (2nd place in Moscow and St. Petersburg), received 7.98% of the votes.
Mikhail was born on May 3, 1965 in Moscow. His sister Irina Prokhorova is a literary critic, editor and publisher of New Literary Review magazine. At school he had the nickname “Giraffe” because of his height.
While he was running Norilsk Nickel, the company became the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. He is the former chairman of Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold producer, and former President of ONEXIM Group. He entered politics in June 2011. In June 2012 he became the leader of a new party – Civic Platform Party.
He is the seventh richest man from Russia and the 57th richest man in the world according to the 2012 Forbes listing with a fortune estimated at US$13. 2 billion.
Mikhail Prokhorov leads an active lifestyle, and takes an interest in kickboxing, track athletics and skiing.
In 2006, he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his contribution to the development of Russia’s economic potential.
Mikhail is a bachelor.