38 Facts About Alisher Usmanov


Alisher Usmanov is the majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, a Russian industrial conglomerate, which consolidated in 2006 JSC Metalloinvest's assets with those of Gazmetall JSC.


Alisher Usmanov was the president of the Federation Internationale d'Escrime, the international governing body of the sport of fencing, from 2008 until 2022.


On 28 February 2022, in reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union blacklisted Alisher Usmanov, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on him and freezing all his assets.


Alisher Usmanov spent six years in a Soviet prison in the 1980s on charges of fraud and embezzlement, but his conviction was later overturned.


Alisher Usmanov was arrested and convicted on charges of fraud, corruption, and theft of state property, which charges included shaking down an Army officer, in Uzbek SSR in August 1980.


Alisher Usmanov, who is Muslim, married Jewish rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner in 1992.


On May 4,2022, Alisher Usmanov filed divorce from Irina Viner.

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Alisher Usmanov worked as the Deputy General Director of Intercross JSC from 1990 to 1994, and from 1994 to 1998, he headed Interfin Interbank Investment and Finance Company.


Alisher Usmanov acted as an Adviser to the General Director of Moscow Aviation Industrial Enterprise from 1994 to 1995, and served as the First Deputy Chairman of MAPO-Bank from 1995 to 1997.


Unlike Russia's tycoons who won control of empires through loans-for-share privatization schemes of the 1990s, Alisher Usmanov built up Metalloinvest through a series of acquisitions.


Alisher Usmanov is the second largest shareholder, after Dr Mohammed Al Bawani, in Toronto-listed Nautilus Minerals, which planned to extract undersea gold and copper deposits off Papua New Guinea in 2019.


In 2008 Alisher Usmanov bought the Udokan licence, which was discovered in Soviet times and proved to be one of the world's largest copper deposit.


On 2 December 2021, Alisher Usmanov's holding shares were sold to Russian insurance company Sogaz.


Alisher Usmanov made his first investment to Facebook in 2009 by Mail.


Facebook's IPO in 2012 valued it several times greater and in selling his stake Alisher Usmanov won around $1 billion on it.


Alisher Usmanov subsequently disposed of his shares in early 2014.


Alisher Usmanov sold his TV assets to his business-partner Ivan Tavrin in 2017.


Alisher Usmanov was a shareholder of the English football team Arsenal from 2007 to 2018.


Alisher Usmanov then purchased shares held by Scottish football club Rangers in February 2012.


Alisher Usmanov criticized Arsenal's lack of ambition and financial model in an open letter sent to the board on 5 July 2012.


In January 2017, Alisher Usmanov's holding company, USM, entered a five-year, $15 million+ deal with Everton FC for the naming rights of the club's training ground, Finch Farm.


Alisher Usmanov was president of the Russian Fencing Federation from 2001 to 2009.


Alisher Usmanov was concurrently president of the European Fencing Confederation from 2005 to 2009.


Alisher Usmanov was elected president of the International Fencing Federation in 2008 with 66 votes to 61 for incumbent president Rene Roch.


In 2021, Alisher Usmanov was re-elected by acclamation to a fourth term, for which he was congratulated by Vladimir Putin.

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On 28 February 2022, in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union blacklisted Alisher Usmanov, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on him and freezing all of his assets.


Alisher Usmanov was a member of the Councils of the 2014 Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games.


On 28 February 2022, in reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union blacklisted Alisher Usmanov, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on him and freezing all his assets.


In December 2022, a Ukraine Court ordered the seizure of UAH 2 billion worth of Alisher Usmanov's assets, comprising 160,000 tonnes of Ukrainian iron ore.


In 2012, it was claimed by businessman Boris Berezovsky that Alisher Usmanov was given Sutton Place as part of a business deal, a claim that Alisher Usmanov denied.


Alisher Usmanov later repeated that process when the second Dilbar was renamed Ona and was sold to a middle-eastern buyer in 2018.


On 2 March 2022, German authorities seized Dilbar in Hamburg as part of sanctions against Alisher Usmanov stemming from the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine.


In 2006 Alisher Usmanov founded "Art, Science and Sport" Charity Fund.


In February 2020, it was revealed Alisher Usmanov purchased Pierre de Coubertin's original 1892 Olympic Manifesto for $8.8 million.


In 2011, Alisher Usmanov received the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


In 2014, Alisher Usmanov received the Order of Alexander Nevsky for his community and charitable activities.


In 2018 Alisher Usmanov received the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 3rd class.


On 4 December 2014, Alisher Usmanov paid $4.8m for Dr James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal in Physiology or Medicine, which was auctioned at Christie's in New York City.