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# 421 Vladimir Kim $5.89B

Random fact: Father of three daughters.


Kim is a director and former chairman of KAZ Minerals, one of the largest copper producers in Kazakhstan. The Amsterdam-based company operates three open pit copper mines and reported revenue of $2.4 billion in 2020. Kim's other investments include Kazakhmys, another copper miner, and the Kazakhstan-based RBK Bank.

As of :
Last change +$21.9M ( +0.4%)
YTD change +$93.1M ( +1.6%)
Biggest asset KAZ Minerals
Country / Region Kazakhstan
Age 63
Industry Commodities
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The majority of Kim's fortune is derived from his stake in KAZ Minerals, one of the largest copper producers in Kazakhstan, according to company's website. Kim has a 63.5% stake, according to KAZ Minerals' 2020 annual report and subsequent buy out in April 2021.

He also controls Kazakhmys, a collection of assets formerly held by KAZ Minerals. Kim owns 70% of Kazakhmys, according to company filings. It's valued based on its 2020 financial results, as published on the SPARK database, and price-to-earnings, price-to-sales multiples of Vedanta Ltd and MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC.

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

Kim also controls RBK Bank, a Kazakhstan-based bank. It's valued based on its 2021 book value and the average price-to-book value multiple of two publicly traded peers: Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan JSC and ForteBank JSC.

Chris Bucknall, a spokesman for KAZ Minerals, declined to comment on Kim's net worth.


Family: Married, 3 children

Vladimir Kim was born in Kazakhstan in 1960 and graduated from Alma-Ata Architectural Institute in 1982.

Kim held various executive positions in Kazakh Soviet Republic in the 1980s. Kazakhstan became an independent country in 1991 and OJSC Zhezgazgantsvetmet, the company now known as KAZ Minerals, was formed soon after. The government later exited the company through a series of privatizations, culminating in Korean-giant Samsung acquiring 40 percent in 1996, according to its website.

Kim, who had joined the group in 1995, was among the leaders of a management buyout in 2004. The company became publicly traded in London in 2005 and was later separated into two parts: KAZ Minerals and Kazakhmys.

Kim stepped down as chairman of KAZ Minerals in 2013 and remained a non-executive director.

He lives in Kazakhstan.

  • 1960 Vladimir Kim is born in Kazakhstan.
  • 1982 Graduates from Alma-Ata Architectural Institute.
  • 1995 Joins the group that will later become KAZ Minerals.
  • 2013 Steps down as chairman.