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# 92 Vagit Alekperov $17.8B

Random fact: Takes vacations in Crimea during many years.


Alekperov is a shareholder of Lukoil, the publicly traded oil and gas company that reported revenue of $125.1 billion in 2021. The Moscow-based company employs more than 100,000 people and accounts for about 2% of the world's oil production. Alekperov is calculated to have collected more than $5 billion in dividends.

As of :
Last change +$28.1M ( +0.2%)
YTD change +$2.46B ( +16.0%)
Biggest asset LKOH RX Equity
Country / Region Russian Federation
Age 72
Industry Energy
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The majority of Alekperov's fortune is derived from a 28.3% stake in Lukoil, a publicly traded oil and gas company. A regular buyer of Lukoil stock since the 1990s, Alekperov has spent about $4 billion buying shares since the IPO using proceeds from dividends and asset sales as well as debt. Lukoil employs more than 100,000 people and accounts for 2% of the world's oil production, according to the company's website.

Alekperov has a 28.3% stake in the Moscow-based business, based on its 2020 annual report. The report says he owns the shares directly and indirectly, without providing further information on how they are held. The calculation of the Lukoil stake was changed on April 7, 2022 to remove the London Stock Exchange-based shareholding and replace it with the Moscow-based equivalent, in-line with the calculation of other Russian fortunes. This change led to an increase in the valuation of more than $12 billion.

The value of his cash holdings is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and market performance.


Family: Married, 1 child

Alekperov, the youngest of five children, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1950. His father, an oil worker, died when he was 3 years old, and he himself became an oil driller when he was 22. He studied engineering in the evenings at the Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry and graduated in 1974.

Five years later, he moved to West Siberia, where he worked in a series of senior positions for the Surgutneftegaz and Bashneft oil companies. In 1987, he was put in charge of Kogalymneftegaz, a company operating in Russia's oil-rich Tyumen region.

Alekperov was named deputy at age 40, and then first deputy minister of Russia's oil and gas industry. In 1990, at the invitation of British Petroleum, he led a Russian delegation of oilmen to the UK, where he became enamored with BP's vertical business model, which integrated development, production and distribution. As the Soviet Union began to crumble, Alekperov became head of a newly created state oil entity that oversaw oil and gas properties in West Siberia. The company was renamed Lukoil and, with Alekperov at the helm, was partly privatized in 1993. His stake was first reported as 10% when Lukoil was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002, and as 16.9% in 2007, in accordance with UK Financial Services Authority rules. The state sold all of its shares in the company by 2004.

Alekperov has been accumulating shares in Lukoil since the 1990s, and today owns more than 20 percent. Under his control, the company has expanded beyond Russia and into regions including Iraq and the US. In 1997, Lukoil secured the rights to develop an oilfield from Saddam Hussein and in 2000 it bought Getty Petroleum Marketing along with its network of 1,300 US service stations. Today Lukoil is Russia's largest non-state oil company. With expanding operations in Latin America and Asia, the company's production output may approach that of Royal Dutch Shell, Europe's largest oil outfit, in the next decade.

A Communist Party member in the former Soviet Union, Alekperov was one of the businessmen who supported Boris Yeltsin's 1996 presidential campaign. He has maintained his ties with Russia's new leadership. While other privatized Russian oil companies -- including Roman Abramovich's Sibneft and Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Yukos -- fell back into government hands, Alekperov's Lukoil has remained independent.

  • 1950 Vagit Alekperov is born in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • 1968 Starts working as an oil driller.
  • 1974 Graduates from Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute.
  • 1987 Becomes general director at Kogalymneftegaz.
  • 1990 Appointed Russia's Deputy Minister of the oil and gas industry.
  • 1991 Establishes Russian drilling operation that would become Lukoil.
  • 2000 Lukoil buys Getty Petroleum's 1,300 gas stations in U.S.
  • 2004 ConocoPhillips buys 8 percent of Lukoil, increases stake to 20 percent in 2006.
  • 2011 ConocoPhillips sells 20 percent of Lukoil.