28 Facts About German Khan


German Borisovich Khan is a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, billionaire, and businessman.


German Khan was then appointed the head of the wholesale trade business Alfa Eco as part of the Alfa Group Consortium, by his college friend Mikhail Fridman.


German Khan became president of Alfa Eco in 1996 and was instrumental in directing the company to focus on export and the oil trade.


German Khan was deputy chairman of TNK Oil Company from 1997 until 2003.


German Khan has donated funds to non-profits such as the European Jewish Fund, and co-founded and supports the Genesis Philanthropy Group.


German Borisovich Khan was born on 24 October 1961 in Kyiv, Ukraine.


German Khan had a keen interest in sports at a young age, and during high school he developed a long-term interest in boxing, citing the sport as an influence on building confidence and self-discipline.

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German Khan graduated from high school in 1978 and subsequently worked for a year as an apprentice on a shop floor of a factory.


German Khan then studied mechanical engineering at the Kyiv-Pedagogical College, graduating in 1982.


German Khan began by buying and selling a range of products including the purchase, upholstery and sale of carpets to domestic and then later, export markets.


German Khan took on a number of managerial positions within the company as it expanded into new areas, including head of the wholesale trade department, then head of the export department.


German Khan held a number of managerial positions at Alfa Group starting in 1992.


German Khan became president in 1996, where for his two-year tenure he was instrumental in directing the company to focus on export and the oil trade.


German Khan started by purchasing crude, securing contracts with refiners to process it, and then selling the refined product.


German Khan was appointed deputy chairman of the management board of TNK in 2000, retaining the role until 2003.


From 2003 to 2013, German Khan was executive director of TNK-BP Management, and a member of the management board.


German Khan outlined an ambition to acquire and then develop a portfolio of two or three regionally focused platforms around the world.


German Khan ranked as the 128th richest person in Europe as of March 2016, with an estimated net value of US$8.7 billion.


German Khan was sanctioned by the EU and UK in February and March 2022 as part of an extensive package of sanctions against Russian officials and oligarchs imposed in response to the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine.


German Khan is an active supporter of the Life Line charitable programme, which provides medicine and surgery for seriously ill children in Russia.


German Khan is a supporter of Jewish initiatives in Russia and elsewhere in Europe.


An active member of the Russian Jewish Congress, German Khan regularly contributes to the European Jewish Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at developing European Jewry and promoting tolerance and reconciliation.


German Khan is one of many Russian "oligarchs" named in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, CAATSA, signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2017.


In 2010, German Khan purchased a home on Eaton Square in London.


German Khan remains active with sports, for example participating in endurance, off-road, and rally driving competitions.

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German Khan enjoys hunting and has a collection of sporting guns and rifles.


German Khan owns a villa in the Maremma region, a coastal area in Tuscany.


German Khan is the father-in-law of Alex van der Zwaan who, on 20 February 2018, pleaded guilty to charges raised by the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.