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# 337 Rinat Akhmetov $5.62B

Random fact: Won a libel suit in 2008 against Ukraine's Obozrevatel news website.

Overview

Ukraine's richest man owns System Capital Management, the country's largest industrial conglomerate. The Mariupol-based company has investments in metallurgy, mining and energy. It owns power company DTEK and controls a 71.2 percent stake in closely held Metinvest, the country's largest steel manufacturer.

As of :
Last change -$9.65M ( -0.2%)
YTD change +$406M ( +7.8%)
Industry Industrial
Biggest asset Metinvest
Citizenship Ukraine
Age 53
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Akhmetov's wealth is derived from System Capital Management (SCM), the largest diversified business group in Ukraine. Akhmetov is the ultimate beneficial owner of SCM, according to its website.

The company's most valuable assets are Metinvest, Ukraine's largest steel company, and DTEK, a coal and energy business. A 20 percent liquidity discount is applied to all assets to reflect armed conflict risk in Ukraine.

Metinvest is valued using its financial results for 12 months to Dec. 31, 2018 and the average enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of four peers: Evraz, Novolipetsk Steel, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Work and Severstal. The financials used in the calculation were updated on Sept. 19, 2018 and this led to an increase of almost $1 billion.

DTEK is valued using its 2018 results and the average enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiple of three publicly traded energy peer companies: Tauron Polska Energia, Enea and CEZ AS.

Other SCM assets include Ukrtelecom, a telecommunications company, as well as agricultural land through HarvEast and Ukrainian commercial real estate through ESTA Group. Akhmetov also controls Lemtrans, a private railway company; Portinvest, a stevedoring company; Ukrainian Retail, which operates 101 stores under the brand name Brusnichka; Parallel, a network of 60 gas stations; and United Mineral group, a clay extracting company. Other investments include Vega Telecom, First Ukrainian International Bank and heavy machinery operator Corum Group. 

Akhmetov owns 100 percent of each company included in this analysis, according to the SCM website, unless otherwise stated in the asset note for each.

Biography

Birthdate: 9/21/1966
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Donetsk National Technical University

Rinat Akhmetov was born in 1966 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, an industrial, Russian-speaking section of the country. Akhmetov started his own business trading coal in 1990, and in the next decades consolidated ownership of the country's most important steel and coal mining companies. He established Dongorbank in 1995.

Akhmetov, whose father and older brother were coal miners, had gotten his start in business with Akhat Bragin, who was once accused by a local police chief in Donetsk of having connections to organized crime. Bragin, who denied the claim, was killed along with five others in an explosion at the Shakhtar Donetsk soccer club's stadium during a match in October 1995. He was the club's president at the time. Akhmetov, who was a vice president of the club, replaced Bragin, and is still in the role.

The billionaire has fully cooperated with all police investigations, has never been charged with any crime, and has never been implicated in any manner in the Bragin murder by the police or prosecutors, according to a March 2, 2006 statement from Akhmetov's attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

He founded System Capital Management Group in 2000, of which he remains the sole owner today. Akhmetov joined Viktor Pinchuk, the son-in-law of then President Leonid Kuchma, to buy Ukraine's largest steel mill Kryvorizhstal in a 2004 state asset sale. The Kryvorizhstal sale was challenged in 2005 by the government after the so-called Orange Revolution. Popular protests swept Viktor Yushchenko into the presidency, defeating Kuchma's prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych.

Nevertheless, Yanukovych was elected as Ukraine's President in 2010 and Akhmetov supported Yanukovych’s party. As the sole bidder in two of five government auctions since 2011, Akhmetov’s DTEK paid about $600 million to acquire state stakes in some of the country’s leading power generators that gave him control of about 70 percent of Ukraine’s power output.

Yanukovych was ousted and fled Ukraine in early 2014 after mass protests. It led to uprising of pro-Russian rebels in Lugansk and Donetsk regions of the country, where many of Akhmetov's enterprises are located, forcing the billionaire to move from his native Donetsk to Kiev.

Milestones
  • 1966 Rinat Akhmetov is born in Donetsk, Ukraine.
  • 1990 Akhmetov starts his own business trading coal.
  • 2000 Akhmetov creates System Capital Management.
  • 2007 Elected member of Ukraine's Parliament for the Party of Regions.
  • 2012 DTEK buys a 45 percent stake in Ukraine electricity provider.
  • 2013 System Capital Management buys a 93 percent stake in Ukrtelecom.
  • 2015 Crimean government expropriates Krymenergo, one of Akmetov's energy companies.
  • 2015 Court reverses sale of a stake in Dniproenergo, ruling cancelled later.