Dmitry Ananyev [Itar-Tass]
The Connection: Federal Council Representative, Russia (2006-present)
With brother and fellow billionaire Alexei, Dmitry started out importing computers to Russia. The brothers then set up a bank and have been active in real estate and media. In 2011, they bought the Alfa Arbat Center, an office building in central Moscow, for US$230 million. In 2010, the brothers sold their telecom company Synterra to Megafon, which is owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Alfa Group, for US$745 million. Despite their wealth they felt a lack of education and completed executive MBAs at the University of Chicago in 2005. Both brothers are very religious. Dmitry is a Federal Council (Senate) representative for the gas-rich polar region of Yamal. Since he became a senator in 2006, his brother Alexei handles all their businesses.