Viktor Vekselberg : biography
Viktor Felixovich Vekselberg ( ; born April 14, 1957, Drohobych, Ukraine, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian-born Russian business oligarch. He is the owner and president of Renova Group, a large Russian conglomerate.
Victor Vekselberg was born in 1957 in Western Ukraine. He graduated from the Moscow Transportation Engineering Institute in 1979. In 1993, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova, one of Russia's most progressive investment and business development companies.Oxford Energy Comment
Vekselberg is now overseeing a vast restructuring of his assets: the division of property with partner Leonard Blavatnik, the merger of Renova's aluminium assets with those of Oleg Deripaska, and the integration of various electricity and telecommunications investment.
Viktor Vekselberg is often considered to be one of the remaining Russian oligarchs. His estimated net worth is $12.4 billion in 2012, and he is ranked as the 64th wealthiest person in the world.http://www.forbes.com/profile/viktor-vekselberg/
- In April 2009, Swiss Federal Finance Department initiated a criminal investigation against Vekselberg in connection to alleged violations of securities law.http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/wirtschaft/aktuell/verfahren_vekselberg__1.2346394.html As a result of the investigation, Vekselberg was fined $38mln by Swiss authorities.http://en.rian.ru/business/20100201/157736410.html
- In 2008, Vekselberg proxied a deal between Russian and Hungarian governments, buying the former embassy building from Hungary for $21mln and immediately selling it to the Russian government for $116mln, while the market price of the building was estimated at $50mln. Investigation of the paper trail by Alexey Navalny and the Rospil project has found several invalid and backdated documents,http://navalny.livejournal.com/609880.html thus suggesting a collusion (e.g. the tender held by the Hungarian side was totally fictive, as the building was already sold by that time). Hungarian officials responsible for the deal (Tátrai Miklós, Marta Horvathne Fekszi and Arpad Szekely) were detained in February 2011,http://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/ceweekly/2011-02-16/hungary-detentions-linked-to-sale-property-moscow but no criminal investigation was started on the Russian side.
He is married to Marina and has two children, a daughter, Irenea, and a son, Aleksander.
Repatriation of major art objects
In February 2004, Vekselberg purchased nine of the Fabergé eggs from the Forbes publishing family in New York City.Forbes, February 4, 2004: The collection was transported to Russia and exhibited in the Kremlin and in Dubrovnik in 2007. Vekselberg is the single largest owner of these eggs in the world, owning 15 of them (11 Imperial, two Kelch, and two other).
In September 2006, he agreed to pay the approximately $1 million in expenses to transport the Lowell House Bells from Harvard University in the United States back to their original location in the Danilov Monastery and to purchase replacement bells. The historic bells returned to Moscow September 12, 2008, with the assistance of the U.S. Director of the organization, Edward Mermelstein.
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