Founder of USM

    Alisher Usmanov is a successful entrepreneur and a renowned international investor. He is also one of the world’s most generous philanthropists. Forbes and Bloomberg Markets have ranked him among the most influential people globally.
  • Mr. Usmanov is the founder of USM Holdings, one of the world’s largest private holding companies, bringing together highly successful businesses in the metals and mining, telecoms and internet sectors. He has also gained international acclaim as a visionary investor due to his highly profitable early-stage investments in some of the fastest-growing internet and high-tech companies, including Facebook and Alibaba. Separately, Mr. Usmanov owns Kommersant Publishing House, the leading business media organisation in Russia, and Khimki Group, an innovative Russian real estate developer. He also holds a stake in Arsenal Football Club.
  • Alisher Usmanov attaches great significance to philanthropic activities and has been recognised on several occasions for his initiatives in this area. He was named the most charitable giver in Russia in 2015 by Bloomberg, while The Sunday Times Giving List ranked Mr. Usmanov in the top ten most generous philanthropists in the UK by total donations made in 2016. He is the founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation and a trustee for a range of social, educational and cultural organisations. Mr. Usmanov’s charitable efforts extend to 64 countries, and in 2016 alone, his contributions amounted to US$164 million. In the past ten years, donations and investments in social infrastructure by Mr. Usmanov and his companies exceeded US$1.5 billion.
  • Alisher Usmanov devotes considerable attention to the development of sports in Russia and globally. He has been the president of the International Fencing Federation since 2008 and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Olympian Sportsmen Support Fund. Mr. Usmanov is also a member of the IOC Olympic Channel Commission. He was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland IV class in recognition of his services to the state, as well as his community and charitable activities. Mr. Usmanov also received the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation for his professional achievements, the Medal for Contribution to International Cooperation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2016, Alisher Usmanov received the Distinction for a Good Deed, for his considerable philanthropic and societal contributions, as well as the Al-Fakhr Order I Class, the highest award of the Russian Council of Muftis, for strengthening mutual understanding between people of different nationalities. In March 2017, Mr. Usmanov became a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his contribution to relations between Russia and Italy, and as recognition of his participation in projects to preserve Italy’s architectural heritage.
  • Mr. Usmanov is an active member of the executive bodies of a number of non-governmental organisations and companies that play key roles in the development of the Russian economy. Since 2006, he has been on the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Usmanov served as the general director of Gazprom Investholding from 2000 to 2014. Prior to that, he was an adviser to the chairman of Gazprom and the first deputy general director of Gazprom Investholding. From 1994 to 1998, Alisher Usmanov headed Interfin Interbank Investment and Finance Company. Between 1995 and 1997, he was the first deputy chairman of MAPO-Bank. From 1994 to 1995, he was an adviser to the general director of Moscow Aviation Industrial Enterprise. From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Usmanov worked as the deputy general director of Intercross JSC. Alisher Usmanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in international law in 1976, and he received a degree in banking from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 1997. He is fluent in English, French, Russian and Uzbek.