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.