Vladimir Kim

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Vladimir Sergeyevich Kim
Born29 October, 1960
ResidenceAlmaty, Kazakhstan
Alma materKazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, John F. Kennedy University
Net worth$3.3 billion (February 2018)

Vladimir Sergeyevich Kim (Russian: Владимир Серге́евич Ким; born 29 October 1960) is a Kazakhstani businessman and billionaire.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Vladimir Kim was born in 1960. He is of Korean ethnicity:[1] his family, among other Koreans and among many other ethnic minorities within the USSR, had been forcibly relocated to Kazakhstan, during the Stalinist era. He graduated from the Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering (then known as the Alma-Ata Architectural Institute) in 1982 with a degree in civil engineering.[5] He holds an MBA degree and received his PhD in business and administrative management at the John F. Kennedy University in California in 1998.[2][6][5]


In 1995, Kim was appointed managing director and chief executive officer of Zhezkazgantsvetmet JSC, Kazakhmys' core subsidiary at the time; he was elected chairman of the board of directors of Zhezkazgantsvetmet in 2000, and Chairman of Kazakhmys upon its listing on the London Stock Exchange in October 2005. Kim stepped down as chairman of Kazakhmys in May 2013 to become a non-executive director.[2][7][8] Following the completion of the Group restructuring in 2014,[9] Kim remained a non-executive director and a major shareholder in KAZ Minerals PLC.[10][11][12]

KAZ Minerals PLC is a mining company quoted on the London Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

He holds approximately 33% of KAZ Minerals.[13]

According to Forbes magazine, as of March 2011, he is the richest person in Kazakhstan, and the 223rd richest in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$4.7 billion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, and has three children.[1] He resides in Almaty, Kazakhstan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Forbes profile
  2. ^ a b c BusinessWeek profile
  3. ^ Richard Orange, 'Vladimir Kim reverses plans to sell more of Kazakhmys stake', in The Daily Telegraph, 15 Feb 2011 [1]
  4. ^ Kazakhmys biography
  5. ^ a b "Корпорация Казахмыс. Официальный сайт компании - Руководство". www.kazakhmys.kz. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  6. ^ "Ким Владимир Сергеевич". Biografia.kz. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  7. ^ "Kazakhmys Announces Changes to the Board of Directors". London Stock Exchange. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  8. ^ "Kazakhmys Announces Changes to the Board of Directors". Interactive Investor. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  9. ^ "Kazakhmys PLC announces proposed group restructuring". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  10. ^ "Kazakhmys announces completion of restructuring". London Stock Exchange. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  11. ^ "Kazakhmys Completes Restructuring, Changes Name to KAZ Minerals". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  12. ^ "Copper miner Kazakhmys restructuring over, now called Kaz Minerals". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  13. ^ "KAZ Minerals Shareholders Information on Morningstar". Morningstar. Retrieved 2015-04-13.