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5 things you probably didn't know about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

  • From his first ever entrepreneurial venture to building a fortune in Russia, here's how Abramovich eventually bought Chelsea
Rohith Nair
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Roman Abramovich – the man known for revolutionizing football in the 21st century and changing the financial climate of the Premier League and the European transfer market. The billionaire who bought Chelsea Football Club and turned it onto a force to reckon with in both England and Europe. The man known for sacking managers if they are not up to the task.Everyone knows all these facts about one of the richest men in the world. But how did he amass his wealth and what other details of his life are not very well known to the public? We list a few things (some of which we learned from The Times piece on the Russian oligarch). 

#1 Abramovich was orphaned aged two

Roman Abramovich

Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich was born in 1966 to a poor Jewish family in what was then the Soviet Union. But tragedy struck even before he was a year old. He lost his mother Irina when she died during a medical procedure. Before his third birthday, he lost his father Arkady when he was accidentally killed at a construction site where he was employed. 

Roman did not have any brothers or sisters and was orphaned aged two. It was his uncle Leib, Arkady’s brother, who took him in. Roman grew up in Ukhta, a town famous for oilfields and mines where political prisoners were put to work in average temperatures are below 0°C.

Only after he turned seven was he sent to Moscow to live with his grandmother (and later with Abram, another uncle) in the hope that living in the city would help him get a proper education and find a better way of life. 

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Published 01 Dec 2015, 17:58 IST
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