Mikhail Prokhorov

(Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov)

Mikhail Prokhorov
Mikhail Prokhorov
  • Born: May 3, 1965
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Businessman-Politician

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Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov is a Russian billionaire, politician, and owner of the American basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. After graduating from the Moscow Finance Institute, he worked in the financial sector and subsequently went on to become one of Russia's leading industrialists, owning major stakes in multinational corporations in the precious metals sector. 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 the former President of Onexim Group. He resigned both positions to enter politics in June 2011.

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Even before my parents died, I felt all the responsibility to my family. I don't know why. In any business, any relationship, if something goes wrong, I feel I am to blame. It's something inside me. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
I am addicted to sport. Without sport, I feel bad. Sports & Athletics
I cannot do politics under someone else's control. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have no plans to have any other home than Moscow. However, I love to travel, and I'm very comfortable in New York. In many ways, it reminds me of Moscow in its energy and drive. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Travel
I learned from both my parents that you had to be clever.
No one doing big business can avoid some contact with government agencies, regulators, and policy makers. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Nobody was interested in me before I bought the Nets.
Some people say the reason I am not married is that I don't understand small business and the toughest small business in the world is a family. But when you are happy and feel every minute of your life, what is the reason to get married? Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
Sometimes, if I need assistance on the government level, I can appeal through official channels. For example, when I bought the New Jersey Nets, President Medvedev raised the issue with President Obama, who voiced support for the idea, which is always a nice thing to have going for us. Government
The government in Russia does not tell me what to do with my assets. Government

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