26 Facts About Bill Browder

1. William Felix Bill Browder was born on April 23, 1964 and is an American-born British financier and political activist.

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2. The primary investment strategy of Bill Browder was shareholder rights activism.

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3. Bill Browder took on large Russian companies such as Gazprom, Surgutneftegaz, Unified Energy Systems, and Sidanco.

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4. In retaliation, on November 13, 2005, Bill Browder was refused entry to Russia, deported to the UK, and declared a threat to Russian national security.

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5. Eighteen months after Bill Browder was deported, on June 4, 2007, Hermitage Capital's offices in Moscow were raided by twenty-five officers of Russia's Interior Ministry.

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6. Bill Browder assigned Sergei Magnitsky, head of the tax practice at Firestone Duncan, to investigate the purpose of the raid.

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7. Interpol rejected Russian requests to arrest Bill Browder, saying the case was political.

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8. Bill Browder is the son of mathematician Felix Browder, and the grandson of Earl Browder.

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9. Bill Browder earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1989 and entered the financial sector.

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10. Bill Browder was a radical and had lived in the Soviet Union for several years from 1927 and married Raisa Berkman, a Jewish Russian woman while living there.

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11. Bill Browder was instrumental in establishing a science and technology center in conjunction with Princeton University and Bell Labs.

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12. Bill Browder started his career in the Eastern European practice of the Boston Consulting Group in London, then worked for Robert Maxwell's MCC conglomerate, and after that managed the Russian proprietary investments desk at Salomon Brothers.

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13. Bill Browder cited that he did so because of "a legacy of bad feeling about the rule of law" as a result of his family having been "viciously persecuted" by US authorities in the 1950s, citing especially his communist grandfather, Earl Browder who was imprisoned twice during the era of McCarthyism.

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14. From 1995 to 2006, Hermitage Capital Management was one of the largest foreign investors in Russia, and Bill Browder amassed millions through his management of the fund.

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15. In 2005, after ten years of business deals in Russia, Bill Browder was blacklisted by the Russian government as a "threat to national security" and denied entry to the country.

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16. Bill Browder was "charged with two counts of aggravated tax evasion committed in conspiracy with Mr Browder in respect of Dalnyaya Step and Saturn".

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17. The investigation was to focus on whether Bill Browder violated any Russian laws when Hermitage used Russian companies registered in the region of Kalmykia to buy shares.

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18. Bill Browder was charged with trying to gain access to Gazprom's financial reports.

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19. Bill Browder admitted having sought influence in Gazprom, but denied any wrongdoing.

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20. Bill Browder said that the scheme of using Russian-registered subsidiaries entitled to tax advantages was practised by other foreign investors at the time and was not illegal.

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21. On May 30, 2018, Bill Browder was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on a Russian Interpol arrest warrant.

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22. Bill Browder keeps his money in the West and all of his money in the West is potentially exposed to asset freezes and confiscation.

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23. Pursuant to a subpoena, Bill Browder gave deposition testimony in the case.

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24. In 2018, Bill Browder was named the 67th most powerful person in the world by Worth magazine.

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25. In September 2019, Bill Browder received the Trinity College SMF award for outstanding contributions to finance.

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26. In 2019, Bill Browder received the Lantos Human Rights Prize from the Lantos Foundation for his work as the "driving force behind the Magnitsky Sanctions, the most consequential enforcement mechanism of the modern human rights movement.

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