Russia: new Philanthropist of the Year Awards announced

Forbes present Philanthropist of the Year awards to 17 entrepreneurs for their charity work


The Forbes inaugural Philanthropist of the Year awards were presented at a gala that took place on 20 May at the Bolshoi Theatre, reports

Vladimir Potanin, President of Norilsk Nickel and founder of his own charitable foundation, received the award in the Systematic Development of Charity category. The Potanin Foundation is widely regarded as a national institution throughout Russia.

Prizes were also awarded to Alexander Svetlakov, owner of the Absolut Investment Company, in the Support for Children category; to the entrepreneur Oleg Deripaska in the Contribution to the Development of Science category; to Alisher Usmanov, founder of USM Holdings and of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, in the Support for Culture category; to Yuri Milner, owner of DST Global and former co-owner and Chair of the Group in the Support for Science: Dreams of Space category, and to Igor and Ekaterina Rybakov, founders of the Rybakov Foundation, in the For Education category.

“In 2015, Katya and I launched the Rybakov Foundation to support and protect the interests of families around the world in terms of achieving quality of education, prosperity and well-being. We will be devoting a large part of our family fortune, around $100 million, to the cause over the next 10 years”, said the billionaire entrepreneur Igor Rybakov.

Awards were also presented to Ruben Vardanyan, investor and philanthropist in the Development of International Projects category; to Vagit Alekperov, entrepreneur and founder of the Our Future charity in the Our Future category; to Mikhail Fridman, entrepreneur and structural engineer, in the Healthcare category and to Mikhail Gutseriev, entrepreneur with a Doctorate in Economics, who received an award from the Forbes editorial board.

The Art-Ovrag Urban Culture Festival in Vyksa prize went to its founders, Irina and Anatoly Sedykh, Chair of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and President of OMK’s Charity Participation Fund.

The prize for large-scale donations to the regions was awarded to the entrepreneur Gennady Timchenko and his wife Elena, founders of their own charitable foundation. During the pandemic, they have donated more than three billion roubles to charity.

The winners were chosen by a panel of experts, including Forbes editors, prominent Russian charity experts and public figures including Ingeborga Dapkunaite, an actress and Co-Chair of the Faith charity’s Board of Trustees and Nyuta Federmesser, founder of the Faith charity and Director of the Moscow Palliative Care Centre.


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