Leonard "Len" Blavatnik (born June 14, 1957) is a Jewish Russian-born American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies through his conglomerate company, Access Industries. In 2015, he was named Britain's richest man with an estimated net worth of £17.1 billion as of April 2015.
[The Blavatnik School of Government] was founded following a £75 million donation from Leonard Blavatnik, supported by £26 million from the University of Oxford.
Access Industries, Inc. is a privately held American holding company that was founded in 1986 by Soviet-born Leonard Blavatnik, who is also its chairman. Access’s industrial focus is in three areas: natural resources and chemicals; media and telecommunications; and real estate. It is the owner of Warner Music Group.
In 2011, Blavatnik donated both President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
Blavatnik is a supporter of the US Republican Party, and in 2015-2016 donated a total of $7.35 million to six Republican political candidates, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Arizona Senator John McCain.
2015 up until 2016
In February 2016, Blavatnik donated over $1 million to an anti-Donald Trump GOP group.
Blavatnik is friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Blavatnik is also a longtime friend and business partner of Ukrainian-born Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, one of Russia's richest men, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
✡ Benjamin Netanyahu (Business)
Barack Obama (Business)
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John McCain (Business)
✡ Eric Schneiderman (Business)
✡ Viktor Vekselberg (Business)
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