As one of Russia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Mikhail Fridman has earned enormous respect throughout the world as a leading businessman, investor and philanthropist. When he was just twenty-six he co-founded Alfa Bank, which is today Russia’s largest private banking group.
At present, he heads the international investment corporation LetterOne. In 2017 Forbes ranked him as Russia’s second-wealthiest citizen, while BNE IntelliNews named him Russia’s most important businessman. He is an active supporter of various cultural initiatives, and co-founded the Russian Jewish Congress and the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
‘For young people, I think it’s very important to search constantly and tirelessly until you find the thing that interests you, that you can develop a passion for and makes you happy.
In my case, I’m happy and I’m successful because for me my job is really my passion. I love starting work on Monday, and when Friday is finished I’m already looking forward to the next week with great enthusiasm.
If you are 100 per cent focused on your work or career, with no balance, you are taking a big risk that if something goes wrong, you will have nothing else around you to support you. One needs to build other areas of support or stability in your life – family, friends, hobbies and so on.
The fundamental values that we can give to our children today may help them maintain a true path through this changing world. But it’s also important that we give our children room to make their own decisions and be responsible for what they decide to do.
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