Andrei Skoch

Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch (born 30 January 1966, Nikolskoye, Moscow region) is a Russian billionaire businessman, part owner of the steelmaker Lebedinsky Mining.

Andrei Skoch
near Moscow, Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Alma materInstitute of Physical Culture
OccupationPart owner, Lebedinsky Mining
Net worthUS$4.8 billion (August 2018)[1]

Early life

Andrei Skoch was born near Moscow, Russia. He was educated at the Institute of Physical Culture.[1]


He worked for MontazhSpetsBank before joining fellow billionaire Alisher Usmanov in the metals business.

Skoch met Usmanov in 1995,[2] while he was working as an oil trader for the bank.[3] Together with Len Kvetnoi, and Skoch,[4] Usmanov’s first purchases were the Lebedinsky Mining and a steel production plant in Belgorod.

Skoch went to work at Lebedinsky Mining. Usmanov formed the Metalloinvest conglomerate in 2006 after the acquisition of Mikhailovsky GOK. The merge included Lebedinsky Mining, and Skoch continues to be a partner in the company. Skoch owns 30% of Metalloinvest,[5] though the shares are reportedly held in his father Vladimir’s name.[6][7]

In 1999, he became a member of the Russian parliament's lower house (State Duma). According to Forbes, Skoch has a net worth of $6.3 billion, as of January 2015.[1]

In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on him and 23 other Russian nationals.[8][9]


He is a creator of the humanitarian Pokolenie ("Generation") Foundation.[10]

He has reportedly donated over $117 million, a portion of which was earmarked for the restoration of war monuments in Russia.[11] Through the Pokolenie Foundation, Skoch is the sponsor of the Debut Prize,[12] a literary award for Russian writers under the age of 25.[13]


In 2010, he received the Russian Order of Honour for outstanding contribution to the perpetuation of the memory of Russian and Soviet soldiers who died in the territory of the People's Republic of China, and active charity.[14]

Personal life

He is divorced with 9 children, including quadruplets born in 1994, and lives in Moscow.[1] His partner Elena Likhach-Skoch has been announced pregnant with his 10th child in February 2016.[15] He owns the super-yacht Madame Gu.


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  2. Goodley, Simon; Elder, Miriam; Harding, Luke (28 November 2012). "Man behind MegaFon pictured with alleged Russian gangsters". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. Sazonov, Alex; Fedorinova, Yuliya. "Russian Billionaire Usmanov Links Fortune to Partnership". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
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  5. "2012 Mining Billionaires: #29 Andrei Skoch, #30 Low Tuck Kwong |". 16 April 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  6. Weaver, Courtney (22 November 2012). "Partner breaks silence over Usmanov deals". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. "Metalloinvest Co-Owner Anisimov May Exit". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. "Ukraine-/Russia-related Designations and Identification Update". United States Department of the Treasury. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  9. "США ввели санкции против семи российских олигархов и 17 чиновников из "кремлевского списка"" [The US imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 17 officials from the "Kremlin list"]. Meduza (in Russian). 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  10. "The Debut Prize". Academia Rossica. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  11. "Russia's wealthiest feeling more charitable". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  12. "DEBUT PRIZE « Academia Rossica". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  13. "Debut Prize Foundation - Root - The London Book Fair". Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  14. "Presidential Decree of December 13, 2010 N 1556 "On awarding the Medal of Honor Skoch AV". Onagradah.
  15. "Oligarch and member of State Duma Andrey Skoch to become father for tenth time February 20th, 2016". LifeNews.

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