Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev

Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev

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Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev – Александр Евгеньевич Лебедев, born 16 December 1959 in Moscow) is a Russian businessman, referred to as one of the Russian oligarchs.

In May 2008, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians and as the 358th richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $3.1 billion. He owns a third of airlineAeroflot, and is part owner of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and owner of four UK newspapers with son Evgeny Lebedev: the London Evening StandardThe Independent, theIndependent on Sunday and the new i newspaper.

Alexander Lebedev was born to a family which was part of the Moscow intelligentsia. His father, Evgeny Nikolaevich Lebedev, was a sportsperson – a member of the Soviet National Water polo team, and was later a Professor at Bauman Moscow Highest Technical School. Alexander’s mother, Maria Sergeyevna, after graduating from Moscow Pedagogic Institute worked in a rural Sakhalin school, then taught English in a Moscow tertiary school.

In 1977, Alexander Lebedev entered the Department of Economics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After he graduated in 1982, Lebedev started work at the Institute of Economics of the World Socialist System doing research for his Kandidat (equal to Ph.D.) dissertation The problems of debt and the challenges of globalization. However he soon transferred to the First Chief Directorate (Foreign Intelligence) of KGB. He worked there and at its successor Foreign Intelligence Service until 1992. In London he had the diplomatic cover of an economics attaché. According to Lebedev’s personal site his assignments included fighting capital flight from the Russian Federation. The Sunday Express stated that he “spent more time studying finance and the City than British secrets”.

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