Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov
Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate. According to Forbes magazine, he is currently listed as Russia's richest man with a fortune estimated of $18.1 Billion and listed #67 Powerful People. Accumulating most of his wealth from his majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, Alisher also personally owns Kommersant; A national daily newspaper distrubuted in Russia mostly devoted to politics and business. In addition to this, Mr Usmanov co-owns Russia's second largest mobile telephone operator and the largest Internet company in the Russian speaking world.
Forget Big Brother. Companies and countries are discovering that algorithms programmed to scour vast quantities of data can be much more powerful. They can predict your next purchase, forecast car thefts and maybe even help cure cancer. But there is a down side.
MegaFon, the Russian mobile operator backed by Russia's richest man, Alisher Usmanov, has raised its core profit margin guidance after beating earnings forecasts and announcing a lavish dividend.
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Russia's successful Facebook clone VKontakte has long been a thorn in the Kremlin's side. Now, Moscow appears to be increasing pressure on the company, and CEO Pavel Durov has left the country.