Brain drain: Russia’s top earners reside abroad

The majority of the world’s most influential Russians seem to have long ago fled their mother country.

This is according to the list of the 50 most successful Russians abroad published by Forbes magazine.

In the list, the “big bosses” are divided into various categories, including business, science, sport and culture.

Access Industries head Leo Balvatnik, who tops the business category with his $4.7 billion, emigrated to the US back in the seventies.

Among other key investors in the world economy Forbes named Alisher Usmanov, owner of Metalloinvest holding (with $4.4 billion), Aleksey Mordashov, owner of Severstal ($3.5 billion), Viktor Vekselberg, Vladimir Potanin, Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska.

Maths genius Grigory Perelman, tennis star Maria Sharapova and opera diva Anna Netrebko have made it into the rankings of the world’s most influential and mentioned scientists, sports stars and cultural figures.

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