Eugene Shvidler

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Eugene Shvidler
Born Evgeny Markovich Shvidler
(1964-03-23) 23 March 1964 (age 51)
Ufa, Russia
Ethnicity Russian Jewish
Citizenship Russian & American
Alma mater Gubkin Institute of Petrochemicals and Natural Gas
M.B.A. Fordham University
Net worth Increase US$ 1.2 billion (Sept 2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Zara Shvidler
Children Five
Parent(s) Mark Iosifovich Shvidler

Evgeny Markovich Shvidler (Russian: Евгений Маркович Швидлер, born 23 March 1964), also Eugene Shvidler, is a Russian-born oil businessman. Although not often referred to as one of that country's prominent business oligarchs (probably because since 1994 he has been a citizen of the United States[2]) he nevertheless made his fortune in Russia during the privatization of Russian industry and maintains a close ongoing connection to fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich and his circle.


Shvidler was born in Ufa, Russia,[3] into the prominent Jewish family of Soviet geologist Mark Iosifovich Shvidler.[4] He received a degree in mathematics from the Gubkin Institute of Petrochemicals and Natural Gas and an MBA from Fordham University. Early in his career he worked for Deloitte & Touche in New York and became a U.S. citizen. He later returned to Russia, where he teamed up with Roman Abramovich to start the oil trading outfit Runicom S.A.[5] In 1995 the men partnered to gain control of oil giant Sibneft "in an auction that some experts," according to the Irish Independent, "suspect of having been rigged";[6] Shvidler joined Sibneft initially as senior Vice President and served as company president from 1998 until October 2005, when Russian state energy company Gazprom acquired Sibneft.[7] For most of his tenure, Sibneft was Russia's fastest growing oil company in terms of production, and its most profitable in terms of earnings per barrel.[8]

Eugene Shvidler is chairman of Millhouse LLC, the investment and asset management company he shares with Abramovich and their partners. He also owns the Château Thénac vineyard in France, a $37 million home in Belgravia in London, a $14.5 million home in Aspen, and the yacht Le Grand Bleu.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Zara Shvidler[10] and has five children.[1]


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