The interview appeared on Elliot Moss' own 'Business Shapers' show on Jazz FM, and can be listened to in full by clicking here
Mikhail Fridman was born in Lviv, Ukraine and has Jewish heritage. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1986, with distinction, having studied metallurgical engineering.
In 1988 Mikhail co-founded Alfa Group, a multinational conglomerate. He served as chairman of the 50/50 TNK-BP joint venture for nine years and in 2013 he sold his stake in the oil company before co-founding the international investment company LetterOne.
This year Forbes ranked him the seventh richest man in Russia.