Mikhail Khodorkovsky

(Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
  • Born: June 26, 1963
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Businessman, Chairman, Columnist

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Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky is an exiled Russian businessman, philanthropist and former oligarch, now resident in Switzerland. In 2003, Khodorkovsky was believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia (with a fortune estimated to be worth $15 billion) and was ranked 16th on Forbes list of billionaires. He had worked his way up the Komsomol apparatus during the Soviet years, and started several businesses during the period of glasnost and perestroika in the late 1980s. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in the mid-1990s, he accumulated considerable wealth by obtaining control of a number of Siberian oil fields unified under the name Yukos, one of the major companies to emerge from the privatization of state assets during the 1990s (a scheme known as "Loans for Shares").

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A left turn in the fate of Russia is as necessary as it is inevitable.
As for the company, I did all I could from the very outset of this affair to remove Yukos and its employees from danger.
Fortunes are made, and disappear, over the lifetime of a single generation. Today, a person in essence takes his wealth from society just for the duration of his or her lifetime. The next generation has to create it anew. Society
I established my bank in 1988.
I have always defended my convictions and what I believed to be the truth. Truth
I have to travel a lot, but relaxation to me is when I am at home. Travel
I knew President Yeltsin well. He would never have tolerated government officials demonstratively showing off the millions they acquired through corruption, the way it's done today. Government
I like everything to be dependable, heavy, English furniture.
I'm not an ordinary prisoner.
Large companies cannot finance political parties as their shareholders and employees have different political views. Business, Commerce & Finance
My father was a construction engineer, and my mother was a production engineer.
My parents were Muscovites. They worked at the Kaliber factory.
The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
This demonstration of power, indifferent to the law, is highly dangerous. Power
To admit guilt for nonexistent crimes is unacceptable to me.
Today, a skilled manager makes more than the owner. And owners fight each other to get the skilled managers.
What's important to me now is to uphold my good name and achieve a fair court decision - the past cannot be recovered anyway.

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