|Born||Telman Mardanovich Ismailov
26 October 1956
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
|Nationality||Azerbaijani (former), Russian, Turkish (naturalised)|
|Occupation||Businessman and entrepreneur|
|Known for||AST Group|
|Children||Sarkhan and Alekper (sons)|
|Website||AST Group Website|
Telman Mardanovich Ismailov (Azerbaijani: Telman Mərdan oğlu İsmayılov, Russian: Те́льман Марда́нович Исмаи́лов; born 26 October 1956) is an Azerbaijani-born businessman and entrepreneur of Mountain Jew origin. Since Azerbaijan does not allow dual citizenship, he holds Russian-Turkish citizenship. He is the 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 business family from Baku. 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 (Alekper, Sarkhan) and himself). After lavish opening of the hotel in Antalya, Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin is said to have been disappointed that Ismailov invested so much abroad and flaunted his riches while Russia was being hit by a credit crunch.
Known for his extravagant life style, Ismailov is famous for spending 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 to 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)
- На взятие Исмаилова (Russian)
- РЕЗИДЕНТ ГРУППЫ АСТ ТЕЛЬМАН ИСМАИЛОВ: У НАС РУБЛЬ СЪЕШЬ - ТРИ ОТДАШЬ (Russian)
- Тельман Марданович Исмаилов - Peoples.ru (Russian)
- PR-кампания Тельмана Исмаилова (Russian)
- Vladimir Putin
- Glitz and glamour for all in Turkey