Name : Mikhail Prokhorov
Source: Investments, self-made
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Country of citizenship: Russia
Education: BA/BS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; BA/BS, Moscow Institute of Finance
Career Achievements: is a self-made Russian billionaire entrepreneur and owner of theAmerican basketball team, the New Jersey Nets. After graduating from the Moscow Finance Institute he made his name in the financial sector and went on to become one of Russia's leading industrialists in the precious metals sector. While he was running Norilsk Nickel, the company became the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium. He is currently chairman of Polyus Gold, Russia's largest gold producer, and President of ONEXIM Group.
Prokhorov is the third richest man from Russia and the 39th richest man in the world according to the 2010 Forbes list with a fortune estimated at $18 billion as per theForbes Billionaire List.
Awards: In August 2006 he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his significant contribution to the growth of Russia’s economic potential, when the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed an order for the granting of state honours on August 18, 2006. In March 2011, he was bestowed with the French Legion of Honour. France's ambassador to Moscow, Jean de Gliniastrance, presented it at the French embassy in Moscow.