Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov (Russian: Алише́р Бурха́нович Усма́нов; Russian: 'Alisher Usmonov'; born 9 September 1953) is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate. According to January 2015 Forbes website data, Usmanov is Russia's richest man, with a fortune estimated at $14.7 billion, and the world's 58th richest person. The December 2013 Bloomberg Billionaires Index reported an estimated net worth of $19.6 billion, making him the 37th richest person in the world. In May 2014, The Sunday Times listed him as the second richest person in the UK with an estimated fortune of £10.65bn.

He built his wealth through metal and mining operations, and investments, and is the majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, a Russian industrial conglomerate, which consolidated in 2006 JSC Metalloinvest's assets (the Mikhailovsky GOK and the Ural Steel) with those of Gazmetall JSC (the Lebedinsky GOK and the Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant).

He owns the Kommersant Publishing Houses. He is a co‑owner of Russia's second-largest mobile telephone operator, MegaFon, and co-owner of the Mail.ru group, the largest internet company in the Russian-speaking world, which owns stakes in popular web portals like Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte and others.

Usmanov is the largest investor of Digital Sky Technologies ("DST") funds, and holds shares in a number of international technology companies.

Usmanov is the president of the FIE, the international governing body of fencing, and he has invested in fencing programs and fencing development around the globe. He is also a shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.

In February 2008, his Metalloinvest also became sponsor of Dinamo Moscow, the Russian capital's football team. His Metalloinvest group's name replaced the Xerox Corporation's on its players' shirts as part of the $7 million deal.

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