Net Worth: $19.7BAge: 59Country/Territory: RussiaSource: MetalsIndustries: Metals & Mining
Vladimir Potanin acquired a stake in Norilsk Nickel during Russia’s privatization in 1995; today he owns just over a third of the company. Potanin used government contacts to cofound Onexim Bank, which controlled industrial behemoths, in 1993. The oligarch formerly owned interests in insurance, media, agriculture, engineering and oil. Today he has stakes in pharmaceutical company Petrovax Pharm and ski resort Rosa Khutor, near Sochi.