How he made his pile: Alisher Usmanov investor

Who is he? A new entry at number five on the Sunday Times Rich List. Usmanov, 54, has interests in gas, metals, telecoms and the Russian media, and is now the largest stakeholder in Arsenal FC. He's worth £5.7bn.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

How did he make his billions? The son of Uzbekistan's deputy prosecutor-general, Usmanov was jailed in 1980 on 'trumped-up' charges of fraud, serving six years in a maximum security prison. Released at 33, he went into business making plastic bags. He then borrowed big to buy up former Soviet assets, rising up the iron-and-steel industry. He now owns the giant Metalloinvest Group and the influential Kommersant newspaper, and has stakes in steelmaker Corus and MegaFon, Russia's third-largest mobile network.

The secret of his success? A flare for the equity markets. He also keeps his nose out of politics, which puts him on the right side of Vladimir Putin, whom he describes as a 'blessing for Russia'. Relations with the Arsenal faithful have so far been rockier.

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