Mr. Alisher Usmanov is the Founder & Owner at USM Holding. He is an Angel Investor. He is the Founder of Metalloinvest, a Russian mining and metallurgy company specializing in the manufacture of steel. Alisher Usmanov is a successful entrepreneur and a renowned international investor. He is also one of the world's most generous philanthropists. Forbes and Bloomberg Markets have ranked him among the most influential people globally. Mr. Usmanov has also gained international acclaim as a visionary investor due to his highly profitable early-stage investments in some of the fastest-growing internet and high-tech companies, including Facebook and Alibaba. Separately, Mr. Usmanov owns Kommersant Publishing House, the leading business media organization in Russia, and Khimki Group, an innovative Russian real estate developer, and is a major shareholder in UTH Russia, one of the country's largest private media companies. He also holds a stake in Arsenal Football Club.Mr. Usmanov attaches great significance to philanthropic activities and has been recognised on several occasions for his initiatives in this area. He was named the most charitable giver in Russia in 2015 by Bloomberg, while The Sunday Times Giving List ranked Mr. Usmanov in the top ten most generous philanthropists in the UK by total donations made in 2015. He is the founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation and a trustee for a range of social, educational and cultural organizations. Mr. Usmanov's charitable efforts extend to 64 countries. In 2015 alone, his contributions amounted to US$170 million. In the past ten years, donations and investments in social infrastructure by Mr. Usmanov and his companies exceeded US$1.5 billion. Mr. Usmanov is an active member of the executive bodies of a number of non-governmental organizations and companies that play key roles in the development of the Russian economy. Since 2006, he has been on the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Usmanov served as the general director of Gazprom Investholding from 2000 to 2014. Prior to that, he was an adviser to the chairman of Gazprom and the first deputy general director of Gazprom Investholding. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Usmanov headed Interfin Interbank Investment and Finance Company. Between 1995 and 1997, he was the first deputy chairman of MAPO-Bank. From 1994 to 1995, he was an adviser to the general director of Moscow Aviation Industrial Enterprise. From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Usmanov worked as the deputy general director of Intercross JSC. Mr. Usmanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in international law in 1976, and he received a degree in banking from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 1997.