The family of businessman and senator from Dagestan Suleiman Kerimov topped the list of the richest people in Russia according to the magazine Forbes. Kerimov first appeared at the top of the list in the entire history of the rating.
Experts associate the increase in his fortune with the rise in gold prices and the growth of quotations of the Polyus Gold company, which officially belongs to his son Said Kerimov. Since the beginning of the year, the company has risen in price by almost two and a half times. Gold during the same time has risen in price by 34% – from $ 1521 per ounce to $ 2043.
According to the Forbes Real-Time counter, at 13:00 Moscow time, the fortune of the Suleimanov family was $ 24.7 billion, having increased by $ 1.7 billion since the beginning of the day. According to the publication, since the beginning of the pandemic, the family’s fortune has grown by $ 14.7 billion.
The first place was lost to him by the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin, who dropped to second place: his fortune is estimated at $ 24.6 billion. Vladimir Lisin closes the top three richest businessmen in Russia, his fortune is $ 21.9 billion.
The publication, with reference to the documents that were at the disposal of the editorial board, writes that the entire package (76.84% of shares) of the largest Russian gold mining company Polyus Gold belongs to Senator’s son Said Kerimov, a 2016 MGIMO graduate. He is the sole shareholder of the Cypriot company Wandle Holdings Limited, which owns 100% of the shares of Polyus Gold International Limited (Jersey), which owns the shares of Polyus Gold.
Suleiman Kerimov is an oligarch, was twice elected a deputy of the State Duma, since 2008 he has been the representative of the Republic of Dagestan in the Federation Council. Several years ago he became defendant in a criminal case in France: Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Pratre stated that Kerimov could smuggle into France up to 750 million eurosthat were spent on the purchase of real estate. Kerimov was detained and forbidden to leave France for several months. But then he was released on bail of 5 million euros, and later the charges against him in France were dropped.
In early June, Kerimov filed three claims to the Gagarinsky Court of Moscow on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation to the publishers of the newspapers Versia, Vedomosti and Forbes magazine. But after a few hours the court refused to accept these claims due to their lack of jurisdiction.