|Born||Vagit Yusifovich Alekperov
1 September 1950
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
|Alma mater||Azerbaijan State Oil Academy|
|Occupation||Chairman of the supervisory board of Basic Element Company|
|Net worth||US$11 billion (May 2016)|
Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” (2nd class)
I can't afford to be indifferent to politics, but I don't have personal ambitions.
In the Soviet Union I was the head of all oil production. And you know in the Soviet Union, you didn't get that job unless you were really worth it.
I am also one of those persons who were transformed, who grew out of the Soviet system and transformed myself into the new Russia.
It is impossible to divide the interest of a country and a company that works on its soil.
I'm not an actor who appears on the stage and gives people advice on how to live or what to do and entertains them. It is not my specialty.
Politics are close to me, but there are different ways of participating in politics.