Alexander Lebedev

  • Russian businessman
  • Born December 16, 1959

Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev (Russian: Алекса́ндр Евге́ньевич Ле́бедев, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr jɪvˈɡʲenʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈlʲebʲɪdʲɪf]; born 16 December 1959) is a Russian businessman, referred to as one of the Russian oligarchs. In early 2008, he was one of the golden 100 top Russian billionaires listed as the 39th richest Russian worth an estimated US$3.1 billion by Forbes magazine, but by October 2008 he was worth only $300 million. In March 2012, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians with an estimated fortune of US$1.1 billion.

I am not aspiring to be a senior bureaucrat. It would limit my freedom.

I don't believe in democracy by bayonet.

It is not polite for a Russian to interfere in British politics.

I am probably the biggest equity investor in the history of modern Russia.

I never planned to be rich, frankly speaking. I was more interested in being free, and doing things. And money helps. But otherwise I was never that interested in it.