Sir Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is a Soviet-born Jewish-American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies through his conglomerate company, Access Industries.
As of January 2018, Blavatnik was the wealthiest man in the United Kingdom, and the 50th wealthiest in the world, with a net worth of US$21.2 billion. In 2017, Blavatnik received a knighthood for services to philanthropy. Blavatnik was born in Odesa, Soviet Ukraine, to a Jewish family. He attended Moscow State University of Railway Engineering but did not complete his coursework due to the family’s request for emigration visas. His family emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1978, and he received a master’s in computer science from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989.
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