Viktor Vekselberg

Viktor Vekselberg is a Ukrainian-born Russian businessman and the third richest person in Russia. Vekselberg began his studies at the Moscow Transportation Engineering Institute, starting his career as an engineer and researcher. When the Soviet Union allowed the creation of more private businesses, Vekselberg co-founded Renova Group with another future multi-billionaire, and college classmate, Leonard Blavatnik. Vekselberg’s estimated net worth is $17.2 billion.

He is an avid art collector and famously bought nine Fabergé eggs that were for sale by members of the Forbes family in 2004. A Fabergé egg is a limited collection of custom eggs decorated in jewels designed for the likes of two Russian Tsars. There were 50 eggs made between 1885 and 1917 but only 42 are known to still exist. Vekselberg now owns a total of 15 Fabergé eggs and is the single largest owner of Fabergé eggs in the world. Vekselberg has said that he hopes to display the eggs in a museum that he plans to open in the future. He is married to Marina and has two children, a daughter and a son.