8. Mikhail Fridman

“People will always look with deep skepticism to those like me and Russia’s other billionaires who made so much money so fast. But we are the product of a unique moment in Russian history, when everything changed and extraordinary opportunities arose. Of course the laws and the system that helped us to become rich were far from perfect, but we did not make them. I played by the rules of the system.”

This quote was taken from an interview with The Sunday Times on October 14, 2012.

J-Connection: A Russian-born Jew, businessman Mikhail Fridman is heavily involved in many Jewish causes and projects, including the European Jewish Fund and the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), which seeks to create a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews in the United States, Israel and the former Soviet Union.