Roman Abramovich Biography

Roman Abramovich is a self-made Russian businessman, investor, and politician, known for his incredible success and wealth. From a humble childhood, he built his own empire through hard work and unwavering self-confidence. As the owner of Millhouse LLC, a private investment firm, and the prestigious English football club, Chelsea, Abramovich’s riches have grown exponentially. He started his journey by serving in the Russian army briefly, and then worked various jobs to survive. Through saving, borrowing investments, and establishing five companies, he achieved financial success. His breakthrough came when he became the chairman of Comfort Co-Op. Additionally, Abramovich ventured into politics and served as the governor of Chukotka, earning recognition and the ‘Order of Honour.’ Maintaining a close friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Abramovich is on his way to becoming the biggest business icon and the wealthiest man in Russia.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich
  • Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Dasha Zhukova (m. 2008), Irina Malandina (m. 1991–2007), Olga Yurevna Lysova (m. 1987–1990)
    • Father: Arkadiy Abramovich
    • Mother: Irina Vasilevna Abramovich
    • Children: Anna Abramovich, Arina Abramovich, Arkadiy Abramovich, Ilya Abramovich, Sofia Abramovich
  • Born Country: Russia
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  • Billionaires
  • Height: 1.77 m
  • Notable Alumni: Moscow State Law University, Russian State University Of Oil And Gas
  • Ancestry: Lithuanian Russian
  • City: Saratov, Russia
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  • Education: Moscow State Law University, Russian State University of Oil and Gas

Childhood & Early Life

Roman Abramovich was born on 24th October 1966 at Saratov, Russia in a lower middle-class family. He lost his parents soon after he was born and was orphaned at the age of 2. His uncle took him with him to Ukhta, where Roman saw difficult times from a very early age. Despite the challenges, he learned the value of money and started his first venture as a student, a plastic toy making company.


Roman’s business sense allowed him to earn a good amount of profit from his early ventures. He continued working towards his goal of becoming rich. In the late 80s, Russia was undergoing major business and tax reforms, which presented opportunities for Roman. With the money he had saved, he set up a plastic toy making company and started selling toys from his small apartment. After a few years, he realized it was time to move on to bigger things.

During 1992-1995, Roman invested in the right industries and focused on establishing resale companies. He earned good profits and then shifted his focus to oil companies. In 1995, he partnered with Boris Berezovsky to purchase controlling shares in the oil company ‘Sibneft’ for USD 100 million. The share prices jumped, making millions in profit for Roman and his partner. Boris later sold his shares to Roman, further growing his empire.

Roman then turned his attention to the Russian Aluminium industry, which was highly lucrative at the time. He emerged as the sole winner in the Russian ‘Aluminium War’ and successfully took over the industry. In 2003, he bought most of the companies that owned the Chelsea football club, which was considered one of the weakest teams. Under his ownership, the club has performed well.

In 2015, Roman invested in an Israeli start-up music app called Music Messenger, partnering with musicians such as Nicki Minaj and David Guetta.

Political Career

Roman Abramovich served as the governor of Chukotka from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure, he spent close to a billion dollars on the welfare of the area. The business environment improved, attracting investors, and several schools and hospitals were built. In 2003, he was named the person of the year by Expert, a Russian business magazine, for his business expertise and works as the governor. He resigned from the post in 2008, but the charitable activities he started in his name continued.


Roman Abramovich’s success has been met with suspicion by some, who claim that he has used unethical means to achieve his goals. During the aluminium wars, it was rumored that he was involved in the deaths of several individuals. He has also faced accusations of fraud and bribery. Some of these rumors stem from his arrest in the early 90s for allegedly stealing government property.

Personal Life

Roman Abramovich has been married three times. His first marriage to Olga Lysova ended in divorce after three years. He then married stewardess Irina Malandina in 1991 and they had five children together. They divorced in 2007, and Roman started dating Dasha Zhukova. They got married in 2008 and have two children.

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