The Hobby of a Successful Russian Entrepreneur

The Hobby of a Successful Russian Entrepreneur

Much info can be found in the mass media about how the rich work. But how do they relax? It is quite interesting to know about it because the hobby is part of the road to success as well. On our journey of rest, we sort things (thoughts and moods) in our heads, discipline ourselves to act on a particular scheme. As a result, hobbies inadvertently leave a trail on the overall lifestyle of humans. Here is a detailed analysis of the richest businessman’s hobby in Russia.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding


Many entrepreneurs began to ski alpine in the 2000s by the example of RF President Vladimir Putin. The country then snores like a surrogate cat Boris Yeltsin who is ‘tired and vanish’ for ‘Putin young’ and frankly, who can easily glide over the ski camera. Business leaders consider it a signal to change their way of life. As a result, Head Norilsk Nickel Vladimir POTANIN decided to build a ski resort ‘mountain clubby’ in Sochi. Then this idea was modified into an Olympic construction project. POTANIN said in an interview with Forbes how the scale of the project and its budget is: “When I think to do it entirely ‘for itself’, it costs 70 million dollars.But when Canadians explain that about a hundred kilometers of roads or paths can be built here which means about 20 ski lifts and up to 6 500 tourists), it became clear that would be about 350 million … And when we chose to enter the Olympics and, in particular, when we won it, we realized it was a billion “.

Sport combat The Hobby of a Successful Russian Entrepreneur

One more type of sport that brought fashion by Putin – sports combat. Perhaps, ‘Putin the Judoka’ is vulgarly known better than ‘Putin the Mountain Skier’. The different question is that, generally speaking, it is more difficult to follow regular combat sports, rather than visiting ski resorts from time to time. However, quite a lot of entrepreneurs are found that adopt this hobby of head of state. Some of them did so long before his presidency. Thus, the Rotenberg brothers (ARKADIY and Boris) at the beginning of their childhood – in the 1960s – entered the same judo class as Putin did. In fact, the enthusiasm of combat sports is definitely not a tribute to fashion for all. Many rich people have entered to defend themselves indecently, judo or boxing since childhood, have an athletic degree. And the co-owner of METALLOINVEST ANDREY SKOCH and the majority shareholder of FOSAGRO ANDREY GURJEV is even Master Sport and Honored of Russia.


Hunting is a classic male hobby and, of course, it is also not done by the richest people in Russia. Some of them prefer national hunting sectors; others combine hunting with long journeys. Thus, the joint owners of the Novorossiysk Commercial Port ALEKSANDR SKOROBOGATJKO and the Chairman of the SHEREMETYEVO ALEKSANDR PONOMARENKO Airport Board of Directors, during their two-week vacation in Tanzania, killed two leopards, a lion, two crocodiles, four buffalo and more than ten antelope … And an investor ALEKSANDR SMUZIKOV ranked first among the Russian hunters in the SCI Record Book – in the ‘Japanese Deer Hunting Trophies’ section …

Fish catching The Hobby of a Successful Russian Entrepreneur

Over the last few years, hunting seems too hobby for many people. On the other hand, fishing is a meditative hobby and less bloody. At that time, like hunting, fishing allows for alienation with nature; It is associated with good travel to the remote corners of Russia and various parts of the world. One of the most dedicated fishermen among Russian millionaires is the founder of investment companies such as United Capital Partners ILYA SHCHERBOVICH. His father and grandfather began to take him fishing with them from the age of preschool. Then, he was fishing TAIMEN floating his bait – with his subsequent catch. Two TAIMENS caught by SHCHERBOVICH have entered the International Game Fish Association record books.

In 2006, SHCHERBOVICH purchased the tourist center as REKA PONOY (the River PONOY) in Murmansk County. Many high-ranking Russian and foreign dignitaries such as DMITRIY MEDVEDEV, Sergey IVANOV, Jimmy Carter, Dick Cheney, Paul Volcker and others came there for fishing. Entrepreneurs believe they are not attracted to it not by personal relationships, but with truly unique natural resources. SHCHERBOVICH took his personal care for the conservation of such resources, having in fact created a wildlife reserve on the PONOY River at his own expense.

Board game

Chess, tables and fun games

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