Leonid Mikhelson is an extremely influential Russian businessman. According to Forbes, the CEO and stakeholder of Novatek, Mikhelson has topped the chart of Russia’s Richest Men. With an estimated wealth of $16.2 billion, Mikhelson has surpassed Vladimir Potanin.
Early Life and Background
Mikhelson was born on 11 August 1955 to a Jewish family in Kaspiysk. Mikhelson started his career just after earning his Civil Engineering Degree from the Samara Institute of Civil Engineering.
Mikhelson’s huge fortune comes from his gas Company Novatek. During his early days, Mikhelson started working on the Urengoi-Chelyabinsk gas pipeline project.