Roman builds beds for billionaires

It's tough being a Russian zillionaire. So it was good of Roman Abramovich to build a hospital for them.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010
Many successful businessmen of a kindly disposition like to give something back; to say thank you to the people that helped them get to the top. In Roman Abramovich's case, this clearly means other rich Russians. The billionaire Chelsea owner (well, technically his vehicle Millhouse Capital) has invested $10m to build a luxury clinic for Russian millionaires in Moscow.

The hospital, which will be located in the exclusive suburb of Rublyovka (home to Vladimir Putin, amongst others) will have all the latest equipment and facilities - in contrast to the ageing Soviet-era machines in use throughout the rest of the city. Well, we can't have these oligarchs going without a decent MRI scanner, can we?

Of course Roman's motives may not be entirely philanthropic. The clinic will charge 1.5m roubles ($64,000) per patient and can house up to 50 at any one time. So as you'd expect from a man who's amassed a fortune of more than $20bn, it could turn out to be a nice little money-spinner too....

Apparently Abramovich wants to lure western zillionaires to his clinic as well as Russian oligarchs. We guess it would relieve some of the burden on the NHS - but the $64,000 question is: who's going to tell the British Association of Cosmetic Dentists ? They're going to go absolutely barmy...

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