43 Facts About Leonard Blavatnik


Sir Leonard Valentinovich Blavatnik was born on June 14,1957; Odessa, Soviet Ukraine and is a British-American business magnate and philanthropist of Ukrainian Jewish origin.

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In 2017, Leonard Blavatnik received a knighthood for services to philanthropy.

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Leonard Blavatnik made his initial fortune after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the privatization of state-owned aluminum and oil assets.

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Leonard Blavatnik owns most of Warner Music Group and has stakes in several publicly traded assets via his privately held US company Access Industries Holdings.

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Leonard Blavatnik was born in 1957 in Odessa, then in the Ukrainian SSR and part of the Soviet Union, to a Jewish family.

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Leonard Blavatnik's parents moved to Yaroslavl, a Russian city north of Moscow, when Leonard Blavatnik was a child.

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Leonard Blavatnik attended Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, but did not complete his coursework due to the family's request for emigration visas.

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At Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, Leonard Blavatnik became close friends with Viktor Vekselberg, another Ukrainian Jew.

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Leonard Blavatnik's family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States of America in 1978, and he received a master's degree in computer science from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1981 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989.

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In 1986, Leonard Blavatnik founded the holding company, Access Industries Holdings, of which he is chairman and president.

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Leonard Blavatnik began his business career by accumulating shares in aluminum smelters in the period of privatisation that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Leonard Blavatnik did this via his holding company, Access Industries.

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Leonard Blavatnik has been described as a victor in Russia's "aluminum wars".

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Leonard Blavatnik made his wealth through the acquisition of these commodities.

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Leonard Blavatnik was a board member of Rusal from 2007 to 2016.

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Leonard Blavatnik invested in regional electricity generating stations, which they used to supply power to their energy-intensive aluminium businesses.

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In 1999, Leonard Blavatnik sought to obtain the competing oil company Chernogorneft, which was being auctioned off.

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In 2016, Leonard Blavatnik launched Access Entertainment, which bought James Packer's stake in RatPac Entertainment and a 24.

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In 2017, Blatvatnik was named as possible purchaser of the publisher Time Inc Leonard Blavatnik prepared the bid with Edgar "Ed" Bronfman Jr, the former chief executive of Warner Music.

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Leonard Blavatnik owns AI Film, the independent film and production company that backed Lee Daniels' film The Butler and the summer 2015 release Mr Holmes.

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Leonard Blavatnik was an early investor in Rocket Internet and Beats Music, helped finance fashion designer Tory Burch, and, in 2013, paid $115 million for wireless spectrum in Norway.

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Leonard Blavatnik has been the owner of DAZN Group since 2014, when Access Industries increased its stake in the company from 42.

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Leonard Blavatnik is part of Perform Group, a UK based sports media company owned by Len Blavatnik's Access Industries.

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Leonard Blavatnik is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Centre for International Business and Management at Cambridge University, a member of the board of Dean's Advisors at the Harvard Business School, a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, and a member of the academic board at Tel Aviv University.

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Leonard Blavatnik indicated the possibility of increasing his benefaction up to £100 million over time.

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In 2011, Leonard Blavatnik donated more than £50 million to the Tate Modern gallery in London – the largest donation in the gallery's history.

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In 2014, Leonard Blavatnik became a trustee of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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In 2016, Leonard Blavatnik funded a new hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum redevelopment.

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Leonard Blavatnik loaned the project an artwork by Damien Hirst titled "Gone But Not Forgotten".

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Leonard Blavatnik received the 2017 Samuel Johnson Medal from the school.

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In December 2020, Leonard Blavatnik made a donation of £10 million towards the renovation of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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In December 2021, Leonard Blavatnik donated half of the £15 million required to prevent the sale and dispersal of the Honresfield Library on the open market.

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In February 2022, Leonard Blavatnik made a multi-million pound contribution to the Imperial War Museum in London.

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In 2011, Leonard Blavatnik donated to both President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

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In February 2016, Leonard Blavatnik donated over $1 million to an anti-Donald Trump GOP group.

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Leonard Blavatnik donated $1 million to the committee for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Since April 2016, Leonard Blavatnik contributed $383,000 to the Republican National Committee and $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund; he made a donation to Trump's legal fund.

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Leonard Blavatnik donated $5,200 to the Pete Buttigieg 2020 presidential campaign and $5,600 to the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign.

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Leonard Blavatnik owns a Grade II listed building on "the most expensive street in the world", Kensington Palace Gardens, which is valued at £200 million.

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Leonard Blavatnik has a residence in Manhattan valued at more than $250 million.

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Leonard Blavatnik is a friend of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a supporter of Donald Trump.

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Leonard Blavatnik is a longtime friend and business partner of Ukrainian-born Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, one of Russia's richest men, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and some other Russia-associated oligarchs being under Western sanctions for support of totalitarian regimes and criminal activities.

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Leonard Blavatnik was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to philanthropy.

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