Founder of USM Holdings, a diversified international company. The Group’s assets include major industry players, such as Metalloinvest, a leading global supplier of metals and mining products and hot briquetted iron; MegaFon, one of the largest mobile operators in Russia and a pioneer in 4G/LTE services; Mail. Ru Group, the
Mr. Usmanov is a member of the governing bodies of a number of NGOs and companies that play key roles in the development of the Russian economy. Since 2006, he has been on the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Usmanov served as the General Director of Gazprom Investholding from February 2000 to October 2014; prior to that he held the role of Adviser to the Chairman of Gazprom and First Deputy General Director of Gazprom Investholding. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Usmanov headed Interfin Interbank Investment and Finance Company. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the First Deputy Chairman of
Attaching great significance to philanthropic work, Mr. Usmanov is a Trustee for a range of social, educational and cultural organisations, including the Russian Geographical Society, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, and European University in St. Petersburg.
The founder of USM Holdings devotes special attention to the development of sports in Russia and globally. He has been the President of the International Fencing Federation for a number of years and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Olympian Sportsmen Support Fund.
In 2013, Mr. Usmanov was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland IV class for his services to the State and his active contribution to society and philanthropy. He was also awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Order of Honour for his professional achievements and
In 1976, Mr. Usmanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a degree in international law. In 1997, he received a degree in banking from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He is fluent in English, French, Russian and Uzbek.