into a Jewish family. His mother Irina Vasilevna was a musician
and his father worked as a supplier at a construction trust
in Syktyvkar. His mother, Irina Ostrowski Abramovich, died
from bacteremia as a result of a back-alley abortion when
Roman was one year old. His father Arkady Abramovich was
killed in an incident on a construction site when Roman
was three years old. Abramovich grew up as an orphan in
his uncle's family in Ukhta and with his grandmother, Tatyana
Semenovna, in Moscow.
U.K. soccer club, Chelsea.
was the governor of Chukotka from 2000 to 2008.
his security staff to a 40-person "private army",
making him one of the best protected businessmen in the
Francis Bacon's Triptych for US$86.3 million (a record price
for a post-war work of art) and Lucian Freud's Benefits
Supervisor Sleeping for $33.6 million (a record price for
a work by a living artist).
a private Boeing 767.
world's greatest spender on luxury yachts (at least 5) -
themost expensive being the Eclipse, which is being built
in Germany by Blohm + Voss and when completed late in 2008
is expected to be 160 metres long - around 13 metres longer
than the initial designs. It is believed to cost Abramovich
around $300 million and will be the world's third largest
yacht with at least two swimming pools, two helipads, several
on board tenders and a submarine.
"Investors have very short memories."
"The goal is to win. It's not about making money. I
have many much less risky ways of making money than this
(buying Chelsea football club). I don't want to throw my
money away, but it's really about having fun and that means
success and trophies."