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Len Blavatnik: An Overview

October 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Len Blavatnik is one of the world’s wealthiest men, who made his riches through investing in post-soviet aluminum and energy companies that earned him his fortune. Blavatnik uses his main company, Access Industries to manage his many holding companies.

Although Blavatnik is a businessman, he is also a well-known philanthropist. The Blavatnik Foundation and the Jewish cultural non-profit are the main charities that provide support for education and the arts in Europe, Israel, and the United States. Recently the Foundation gifted $20 million to Tel Aviv University in Israel to fund a program that focused on scientific research, student film production, and faculty recruitment. Funding was also provided to the Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery, which was created to build a state of the art laboratory for drug research groups. The Blavatnik Computer Science Research Fund is also a charity that is focused on advancing computer science research at the Blavatnik School of Computer Science. Len Blavatnik also founded the Blavatnik Archive, a nonprofit that preserves artifacts, images and stories from the 20th century Jewish, WWI and WWII history.

Blavatnik was born in 1957 and was raised in Moscow. Armed with a bachelor’s degree from Moscow State University, an M.S. from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Blavatnik was ready to take on the business world. The billionaire married his wife Emily and now lives in London. The couple are known to be very private and only make public appearances when they attend business or charity events.

 

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