God Nisanov

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God Nisanov
Год Нисанов.jpg
Born (1972-04-24) 24 April 1972 (age 47)
EducationCollege of Finance and Credit
Baku Institute of Law
OccupationProperty developer, philanthropist
Net worthUS$2.6 billion (August 2018)[2]

God Semenovich Nisanov (Azerbaijani: Qod Semyonoviç Nisanov, Год Семјонович Нисанов, [ɡɔt sɪmjɔnəvit͡ʃ nisɑnəf], born 24 April 1972) is a Russian billionaire businessman, and the chairman of Kievskaya Square.


God Nisanov was born on 24 April 1972 in the Jewish settlement of Krasnaya Sloboda in Azerbaijan. His father is Semon Davidovich Nisanov, director of a canned food factory,[1][3] and his mother is Margarita Mordekhayevna Nisanova (née Abramova).

He graduated first from the College of Finance and Credit and then from the Baku Law Institute.[4]

He received his first administrative experiences as a manager at his father's factory.[5][6] Later on he was engaged in oil product transportation and sales,[7] and finally took up wholesale trade in 1992 with his friend and compatriot Zarakh Iliev.[8]

President Putin awarded God Nisanov with the Order of Friendship “for his great contribution to economic project implementation and investment fund raising for Russian Federation economy” in 2014.[9] One year after Putin's initial decree he was decorated with a memorial medal “70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945“.[citation needed]

God Nisanov and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin inaugurated Food City, the country's first agrocluster and the biggest wholesale and retail food store with an area of 85 hectares, in autumn of 2014. God Nisanov is a co-investor of the project.[10]

Nisanov was elected Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, selected by communities from 115 countries, in September 2014.[5]

Nisanov and Moscow Mayor Sobyanin inaugurated the new international bus terminal South Gates, at the 19th kilometer of the Moscow Circular Highway, in spring of 2015. The businessman is a co-investor of that project as well.[11]

Moskvarium, Moscow's ocean life aquarium at VDNKh expo area, co-owned and developed by Nisanov, was presented to Putin and Moscow Mayor Sobyanin in August 2015.[5][12] As of 2015, Nisanov's key assets are concentrated in commercial property.[1][5]

God Nisanov at Order of Friendship awarding ceremony

He co-owns the Amateur Gardener market, Grand furniture market, Ukraina, Radisson SАS Slavyanskaya, Moscow City international business center.[1][5]

To support domestic agriculture producers Kievskaya Square group of companies, chaired by God Nisanov, developed Moscow's first major agro product cluster Food City.[5][13] The cluster meets 33% of the capital's demand for food items.[14]

(The Russian word "god" (год) means "year".)


Nisanov has made an important contribution to the restoration of St Nicholas Kronstadt Marine Cathedral.[15]

Nisanov supported the construction of Cheder Menachem Jewish school in 2015.[11]

Net worth[edit]

According to Forbes, Nisanov's net worth reached $1.1 billion in 2011, $2.4 billion in 2012, $3 billion in 2013, $3.6 billion in 2014, $4.3 billion in 2015.[5]

Private life[edit]

God Nisanov is an amateur diver[5] and horse-breeder. He speaks six foreign languages, including Arabic, Turkish and Persian.[16]


  • RF President Certificate of Merit (for St Nicholas Kronstadt Marine Cathedral restoration in 2012)[15]
  • Order of Friendship (for his contribution to economic project implementation and investment fund raising for Russian Federation economy in 2014)[9]
  • Leadership Award (2014)[17]
  • Russian Jewish Communities award “Fiddler on the Roof” (2015 год)[15]
  • Memorial medal “70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945“ (for active participation in the citizen patriotic education and Great Patriotic War veterans socio-economic support, 2015)
  • Orders of Merit 3rd Class for service to the Fatherland Order (Azerbaijani: Vətənə xidmətə görə) (for merits in development of Azerbaijani diaspora in Russia, 2016).[18][19]


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  17. ^ "Год Нисанов и Зарах Илиев получили награду "За лидерство" - архив новостей еврейского портала СТМЭГИ". stmegi.com. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
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