Alisher Usmanovis a visionary investor and successful entrepreneur with interests in metals and mining, telecom, media and internet.
Alisher Usmanov was born on September 9, 1953 in the town of Chust in the Namangan Region of Uzbekistan. In 1976, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a degree in international law. In 1997, he obtained a degree in banking from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He also holds a PhD in Social Science.
Alisher Usmanov is a shareholder of Metalloinvest, the leading Russian board mining company, MegaFon, the second largest Russian mobile operator, Mail.ru Group, the leading Russian internet company, and UTH Media Holding. He also owns Kommersant Publishing House and has an interest in Arsenal, a British football club.
Alisher Usmanov has been President of the FIE since 2008. He was President of the European Fencing Confederation from 2005 to 2009 and the Russian Fencing Federation from 2001 to 2009. In 2004, he founded the International Charity Fund “For Future of Fencing” to support fencing all over the world.
Alisher Usmanov is a member of the Russian President’s Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport, Excellence in Sports, Preparation and Organization of the 2014 Sochi XXII Winter Olympics and XI Paralympics, and the 2013 Kazan XXVII Summer Universiade and a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Russian Olympian Sportsmen Support Fund”.
In a personal capacity and through MegaFon and Metalloinvest, Alisher Usmanov acts as a Partner of Sochi2014, and supports XXVII World Summer Universiade in Kazan, the Russian Biathlon Union, Kontinental Hockey League, Russian Premier League, Russian national football, biathlon and hockey teams, Russian football club Zenith. He also provides support to motorsport and Paralympic sports. His wife, Irina Viner-Usmanova, is the President of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Head Coach of the Russian national team.
Alisher Usmanov is the founder of the Arts, Science and Sports Charity Foundation, one of the key supporters of the successful 2018 Russian football World Cup bid. The Foundation supports the Russian Fencing Federation, the All-Russian Kayak-Canoe Federation and the All-Russian Volleyball Federation, and assists in the organization of international tournaments, the promotion of sport and the improvement of organizational aspects of competitions.
By presidential decree № 608 of July 6, 2013, Mr. Usmanov was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland IV class in recognition of his services to the state, as well as his community and charitable activities. By presidential decree № 365 of March 17, 2004, Mr. Usmanov was awarded the Order of Honour for his contribution to business. He was also presented with a letter of gratitude from the President of the Russian Federation on May 7, 2000.
In 2011, he received the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Kazakhstan for his work on maintaining the common accord in society, and his achievements in strengthening peace, friendship and cooperation between peoples.