#20 Len Blavatnik

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as of 11/28/21
$39 M | 0.10%
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  • Born in Ukraine, raised north of Moscow, Len Blavatnik emigrated to the U.S. in 1978 for school; he studied computer science at Columbia University.
  • He made a fortune selling his stake in Russian oil company TNK-BP for $7 billion in 2013.
  • After purchasing Warner Music in 2011 for $3.3 billion, he took the company public in June 2020 at quadruple the value.
  • His investment firm Access Industries holds stakes in chemicals firm LyondellBasell, e-commerce firm Rocket Internet and fashion label Tory Burch.
  • Blavatnik says he has given or pledged over $700 million to philanthropy, mostly to universities, including Oxford, Stanford and Harvard.
  • He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K.
  • The Blavatniks have given to both political parties in the U.S., from Trump's inaugural committee to Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign.
On forbes lists
Powerful People 2014Dropped off in 2015
Source of Wealthmusic, chemicals, Self Made
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
CitizenshipUnited States
Marital StatusMarried
EducationMaster of Science, Columbia University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Bachelor of Arts/Science, Moscow State University

Did you know

Blavatnik bought artist Damien Hirst's giant gilded wooly mammoth skeleton entitled "Gone (but) Not Forgotten" for $15 million in 2014.
Blavatnik has been a producer on several Broadway shows including "The Front Page" and "Sunset Boulevard."

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More on Forbes

May 6, 2011

Billionaire Len Blavatnik Buys Warner Music Group For $3.3 Billion

Yesterday FORBES and other news outlets reported that billionaire Len Blavatnik's Access Industries was on the verge of purchasing Warner Music Group. Earlier today the two sides announced the deal: a $3.3 billion all-cash buyout of the world's third-largest music company, whose artists include Green Day, Metallica and Bruno Mars. Blavatnik's company [...]
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