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Russia's top ten billionaires are all self-made businessmen who made their fortunes in the heady and sometimes chaotic business world that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Many state enterprises were privatized at that time and Russia was ripe for entrepreneurs snapping up formerly state-owned assets in metals, mining and the financial sector.
The top ten billionaires on this list all started their rise to wealth during the 1990s. Now, many are global names in the world of business, owning diverse interests from global mining companies and banks to basketball and football clubs.
Some of the men on this list are more obscure than others, lone players in business, others are business partners and associates. While some have been more "quiet" spenders, others have been more lavish with their wealth, buying yachts, multi-million dollar homes and hunting lodges as well as dating beautiful women.
This list was compiled for CNBC by research firm Wealth-X, which compiles intelligence on ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals.
Written by Holly Ellyatt, Images by Bianca Schlotterbeck.
Published on July 24, 2013.