26 October 1956
|Known for||AST Group|
|Net worth||US$ 2 billion (2008)|
|Children||Sarkhan and Alekper (sons)|
|AST Group Website|
Telman Ismailov (Azerbaijani: Telman Mərdan oğlu İsmayılov; born 26 October 1956) is a Russian entrepreneur and businessman of Azerbaijani descent. He is chairman of the Russian AST Group of companies, which is active in many countries.
Telman Ismailov was born in Baku, USSR in 1956, to a family of a well-known and wealthy Baku businessman, Mardan Ismailov. He is the 10th child of a family with 12 children. Both his father and mother are Mountain Jews (descendants of Persian Jews living in Azerbaijan).
In 1989, he registered the brand "AST" (initials of his two sons (Alik, Sarhan) and himself). After lavish opening of the hotel in Antalya, Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin is said to be furious that Ismailov has invested so much abroad and flaunted his riches when Russia has been hard hit by the credit crunch. Russia's prosecutors are currently investigating charges against Cherkizovsky market owned by Ismailov's AST group. At June 6, 2013, Ismailov have bought the Israeli soccer team of Beitar Jerusalem FC
At September 6, 2013, Ismailov have Sold Beitar Jerusalem FC to Eli Tabib
Ismailov is the most controversial and extravagant mogul famous for having spent millions of dollars on singers like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, and others. Ismailov paid Lopez $1.4 million for her to sing 10 minutes worth of songs. The video of her singing "Happy Birthday" song for him is available on Youtube.com. Ismailov befriended plenty of other celebrities such as actresses like Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Monica Bellucci, Paris Hilton and numerous other performers just to appear at his lavish parties.
- Московская община горских евреев заступилась за Тельмана Исмаилова (Russian)
- На взятие Исмаилова (Russian)
- РЕЗИДЕНТ ГРУППЫ АСТ ТЕЛЬМАН ИСМАИЛОВ: У НАС РУБЛЬ СЪЕШЬ - ТРИ ОТДАШЬ (Russian)
- Тельман Марданович Исмаилов - Peoples.ru (Russian)
-  (Turkish)
- PR-кампания Тельмана Исмаилова (Russian)
- Vladimir Putin
- Glitz and glamour for all in Turkey
- Turkish Delight? - Irish Times.com