26 October 1956
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
|Nationality||Azerbaijani (former), Russian, Turkish|
|Ethnicity||Mountain Jew, Circassian|
|Known for||AST Group|
|Children||Sarkhan and Alekper (sons)|
|AST Group Website|
Telman Mardanovich Ismailov (Azerbaijani: Telman Mərdan oğlu İsmayılov, Russian: Те́льман Марда́нович Исмаи́лов; born 26 October 1956) is an Azerbaijani-born Russian-Turkish entrepreneur and businessman of mixed Azerbaijani Jew and Circassian descent. He is chairman of the Russian AST Group of companies, which is active in many countries. Until 2009, Ismailov owned the Europe's then-largest marketplace, Cherkizovsky Market, located in Moscow, Russia.
Early life and family
Telman Ismailov was born in Baku, USSR in 1956, to a family of a well-known and wealthy businessman from Baku, Mardan Ismailov. He is the 10th child of a family with 12 children. Both his father's and mother's family include Muslims and Mountain Jews.
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.
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. 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)
- [ttp://www.gazetesok.com/yazi/cerkez-ismailin-lopez-fiyakasi_3718 Çerkez İsmail'in Lopez Fiyakası]
- 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