In 2011 Vladimir Kim became the richest person in Kazakhstan, and the 223rd richest in the world, with an estimated fortune of US$4.7 billion. Kim is chairman of the board of mining giant Kazakhnmys, personally owning 45% of the company.
Kim was born in 1961 and is of Korean decent – his family fled Russia during Stalin’s regime before settling in neighbouring Kazakhstan. In 1982, Kim went on to gain a PhD and MBA from Alma-Ata Architectural Institute.
Kim lives with his wife and three children in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Born inKyrgyzstan, Alijan Ibragimov is a prominent oligarch and part of the “Trio”, a circle of Kazakhstani oligarchs that include his business partners Alexander Mashkevich and Patokh Chodiev. Ibragimov has interests in many industries across Kazakhstan, including mining, oil & gas, and banking.
Ibragimov has been ranked 382nd on Forbes’ list of world billionaires, with a net worth of $3.3billion. He lives with his wife and six sons in London.
Patokh Chodiev was born 15 April 1953 in Jizzakh, Uzbekistan. After studying international law and Japanese to Moscow, Chodiev established the Chodiev Group and expanded his ownership of the metals and mining industry in Kazakhstan.
Chodiev is also a major shareholder in Eurasian National Resources Corporation (ENRC), considered one of the world’s leading natural resources groups. In December 2007, ENRC was floated on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation on Admission of £6.8 billion.
Born in Kazakhstan, Tevfik Arif is a world-renowned real estate developer. Arif studied at the Moscow Institue of Trade prior to commencing a career in property management.
Arif has held a number of positions during his illustrious career, including that of chief economist and deputy director of the Ministry’s Department of Hotel Management in the former Soviet Union (FSU).
Timur Kulibayev was born on 10 September 1966 in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Kulibayev began his business career in 1990 and is currently deputy head of the Samruk-Kazyna company. It is widely acknowledged that Kulibayev would replace President Nursultan Nazarbayev, should he step down from his position.
Earning a significant net worth from the many positions that he has held in state owned enterprises, Kulibayev is worth an estimated $1.1 billion.