Ilia Pavlov

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Ilia Pavlov
Born August 6, 1960 (1960-08-06)
Died March 7, 2003 (2003-03-08)
Sofia, Bulgaria

Iliya Pavlov Naydenov (Bulgarian: Илия Павлов Найденов) (August 6, 1960 - March 7, 2003) was a Bulgarian businessman. He was the leader and founder of the Multigroup organization and G-13.[1][2] His legacy in the business world continues today through his innovative management techniques and skills as financier.

Pavlov was ranked the eighth richest man in Central and Eastern Europe by the Polish magazine Wprost in 2002. He was said to be worth $US1.5 billion.[3]

Before his death he had been married to Darina Pavlova, who inherited his fortune after his murder.[4]


Pavlov was shot outside his office with a single bullet to the heart by a sniper and died instantly.[5] The day before his death, he had testified in the trial of the accused murderers of Andrey Lukanov, Bulgaria's first prime minister after the fall of communism who died in 1996. Pavlov had claimed that he had no conflict with Lukanov.

No one has been charged in Pavlov's murder and while several possible theories have been put forth the motive is unknown.[5] A previous attempt on Pavlov's life was made in 1997 when a bomb destroyed his car. He was not in it at the time.[4]

In 2010 Pavlov's sister, Slavka Naydenova, and her 8-year-old son were murdered in Dale City, Virginia. A Russian-American woman who was the wife of Naydenova's ex-husband pleaded guilty to the murders. The motive was jealousy.[6]

Sports career[edit]

Pavlov was a former Bulgarian wrestling champion[citation needed] who graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia.[4]

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