Founder of USM

    Alisher Usmanov is the founder of USM. Separately, he also owns Kommersant Publishing House, the leading business media company in Russia, and holds a stake in Arsenal Football Club. Mr. Usmanov is an active member of the executive bodies of a number of non-governmental organisations 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 2000 to 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. Between 1995 and 1997, he served as the first deputy chairman of MAPO-Bank. From 1994 to 1995, he was an adviser to the general director of Moscow Aviation Industrial Enterprise. From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Usmanov worked as the deputy general director of Intercross.
  • Attaching great significance to philanthropic work, Mr. Usmanov was ranked the most charitable giver in Russia in 2014 by Bloomberg. He is the founder of the Arts, Science and Sports Charity Foundation and a trustee for a range of social, educational and cultural organisations.
  • Mr. Usmanov devotes considerable attention to the development of sports in Russia and globally. He has been the president of the International Fencing Federation since 2008 and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Olympian Sportsmen Support Fund. Mr. Usmanov a member of the Councils of the Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games.
  • Mr. Usmanov was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland IV class in recognition of his contribution to the state, as well as his community and charitable activities. He also received the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation for his professional achievements, the Medal for Contribution to International Cooperation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr. Usmanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in international law in 1976, and he received a degree in banking from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 1997. Mr. Usmanov is fluent in English, French, Russian and Uzbek.