After Moscow was picked to host the 1980 Summer Olympics, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev considered backing out as he fretted over the costs and political risks. Not so Vladimir Putin, who’s dreamed of bringing the games back to Russia for two decades and has staked his legacy on success.
Vladimir Potanin, the billionaire shareholder and chief executive officer of OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, is divorcing his wife in proceedings that started today, according to documents on a Moscow court’s website.
In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin ’s offer to buy United Co. Rusal’s stake in OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel for $9 billion is “the beginning of an end” in a feud between the company’s two largest shareholders, UralSib Financial Corp. said.
On a Sunday afternoon in January, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska gets ready to leave his sprawling mansion in Zhukovka, a wealthy suburb of Moscow where his neighbors include President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin . His children, Pyotr, 9, and Marusia, 7, burst in the door, greet their father and run happily down the long hallway. His wife, Polina, who is publisher of the Russian edition of the magazine Hello!, prepares to welcome guests for a party celebrating the Russian Orthodox New Year, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its April issue.