Ukrainian-born British businessman, investor, and philanthropist Leonard “Len” Blavatnik has an estimated net worth of $19.9 billion as of 2017, as per Forbes list. This fell to $17 billion as of October 2018 according to the same source. Blavatnik is the richest man in the United Kingdom. He is the founder and chairman of Access Industries, a privately held American conglomerate holding company. Leonard Blavatnik was born on June 14 1957 in Odessa to a Ukrainian Jewish family. He attended Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, but could not complete his course. His family emigrated to the US in 1978. He completed masters in computer science from Columbia University. He also holds an MBA from Harvard, which he earned in 1989.
Blavatnik founded Access Industries in 1986. This international conglomerate has long-term strategic holdings in North America, Europe and South America. He bought the Warner Music Group in 2011.
According to Forbes, Leonard Blavatnik is the 41th richest person in the world. His net worth was estimated to be around $28.8 billion in September 2014.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation has been supporting many cultural and philanthropic institutions for many years. He sponsors a food bank and warehouse in Kiryat Malakhi, Israel. Blavatnik is married to Emily Appelson Blavatnik. They have four children.