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Roman Abramovich
0 yrs Roman Arkadievich Abramovich was born October 24 in Saratov, Russian SFSR, USSR. 1966
  Abramovich lost his mother at the age of 18 months.  
4 yrs Roman lost his father, who was killed in a construction accident, at the age of four. 1970
  He was raised by his paternal uncle in Komi and later by a second uncle in Moscow, both were very harsh and taught him how life is.  
  Abramovich attended the Industrial Institute in the city of Ukhta before being drafted into the Soviet Army.  
23 yrs Abramovich started his commercial activity in the late 1980s when Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms permitted the opening of small private businesses, known as co-operatives. 1989
  He began his business career selling plastic ducks from a grim Moscow apartment.  
26 yrs In 1992-1995 Abramovich founded five companies that conducted resale and acted as intermediaries, eventually specializing in the trade of oil and oil products. 1992
  In July, 1992, the Moscow deputy prosecutor approved the questioning of Abramovich under article 90 of the Russian criminal code. This case was sent to Ukhta, Komi republic for further investigation. He was accused of stealing diesel fuel from an Ukhta enterprise worth 4,000,000 rubles. The investigation determined that this fuel was transported to Riga using forged documents (which said that the fuel was supposed to be delivered to the Army) and sold there. Abramovich was later cleared of wrongdoing.  
  Abramovich obtained the majority of his wealth thanks to assets acquired cheaply during president Boris Yeltsin's program of privatizing state companies in the mid-90's. With the help of his then-partner Boris Berezovsky, he became the majority shareholder in Sibneft, a major oil company.  
  Abramovich and Berezovsky acquired half their shares in Sibneft through the so-called "loans for shares" program, in which the state mortgaged and later sold shares in several major enterprises to obtain loans for the government. The other half of the company was privatized through a series of auctions in the mid-1990s.  
33 yrs Abramovich was elected to the State Duma as the representative for the impoverished Far East region of Chukotka. 1999
34 yrs He started the charity Pole of Hope to help the people of Chukotka, especially children, and in December was elected governor of Chukotka, replacing the corrupt Alexander Nazarov. 2000
  Since then he has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Chukotka, for example building a college, a hospital, a pre-school and hotels in Anadyr, renovating the airport, and funding new or renovated schools in many small towns and villages.  
37 yrs In June he became the owner of the companies that control Chelsea Football Club in the United Kingdom. 2003
38 yrs In March, Sibneft agreed a three-year sponsorship deal worth USD 58 million (approx. GBP 30 million, €44.5 million, RUR 1.6 billion) with the Russian team CSKA Moscow. 2004
 

Roman Abramovich made another big purchase. This time he acquired an airplane for about $1bn. In addition to a Boeing 737, he owns as well a yacht with a helicopter landing pad and a submarine.

 
39 yrs In September Abramovich sold 72.663% of Sibneft to the Russian-government controlled Gazprom for $13.01 billion (€10.81 billion, £7.4 billion). 2005
  Abramovich said that he would not run for governor again after his term of office expired in 2005, as it is "too expensive" - and he rarely visits the region. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin changed the law to abolish elections for regional governors, and on 21 October 2005 Abramovich was reappointed governor for another term.  
40 yrs Abramovich used his power as governor to help out the explorer Karl Bushby who was deported from the region for border violations after walking from Alaska into Russia during his attempt to walk round the world. 2006
  He owns four superyachts and is building a fifth that will be the largest in the world.  
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Excellent businessman
Written by Mathias on 2007-01-13 17:53:17
This guy is the most inspiring businessman out there.
admiration
Written by pat/vienna on 2008-07-30 09:19:00
everything happens for a reason-by the way i heard that in his private time he`s very kind and friendly! roman abramovich is more than just inspiring...cant describe it in words shalom
greatesst bussinessman
Written by onkabetse mosotho on 2007-12-11 01:30:33
roman abramovich is the most inspiring man who had a huge impact in russian politics and european soccer god bless as blesssed is a giving hand
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Written by johnson on 2008-02-24 13:05:16
god has been very kind to you an i know he is never wrong ,if he has given u this position then u are a very speical person for god . wish u all happiness in life john
I like this guy
Written by Respect on 2008-05-08 04:35:59
What can i say Roman is living his destiny and i have learnt a lot from him. He is an inspiration a great inspiration and i like this guy
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Written by Guest on 2008-05-24 10:37:27
to whom much is given, much is expected. You're an Idol, God bless you
your bright roman
Written by raymond jounior on 2008-07-02 00:00:18
Roman stay blessed.you have inspired me.am a poor guy but I realised that I can also work hard and be some one...our backgrounds dont matter much. you deserve even much more.
russian species
Written by dr.ogbakpan oscar on 2008-07-02 02:37:33
great attitude for a successful businessman
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Written by Dickson on 2008-07-04 13:26:06
His favoreds
 
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