Arkady Volozh

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Arkady Volozh
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Born Arkady Yurievich Volozh
Russian: Аркадий Юрьевич Волож

(1964-02-11) 11 February 1964 (age 53)
Atyrau, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Principal founder of Yandex
Net worth US$1.15 billion (2013)[1]

Arkady Yurievich Volozh (born 11 February 1964, Atyrau, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic) is the principal founder of Russian search engine Yandex. He has been the company's CEO and a director since 2000. Arkady founded Yandex in 1997. In 2000, he left his position as CEO of CompTek International to become the CEO of Yandex.[2]

Volozh is a serial entrepreneur with a background in computer science. He attended Republican School of Physics and Mathematics in Almaty, Kazakhstan[3], and then studied applied mathematics at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, graduating in 1986. After working at a state pipeline research institute, he started a small business importing personal computers from Austria. He went on to co-found several IT enterprises besides Yandex, including a Russian provider of wireless networking technology InfiNet Wireless, and CompTek International, one of the largest distributors of network and telecommunications equipment in Russia.[4]

Volozh co-founded CompTek in 1989. He also started working on search in 1989, which led to him establishing Arkadia Company in 1990. The company was developing search software. In 1993, Arkady Volozh and Ilya Segalovich developed a search engine for "non-structured information with Russian morphology".[5]

As of 2013, he is worth an estimated US$1.15 billion.[1]