Kirill Dmitriev

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Person.png Kirill Dmitriev  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(economist, civil servant)
Kirill Dmitriev 2018.jpg
Born12 April 1975)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materFoothill College, Stanford University, Harvard Business School
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2009
Interests • McKinsey & Company
• Goldman Sachs
CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the main financer behind the Sputnik V "vaccine". Goldman Sachs. McKinsey. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Goldman Sachs. McKinsey

Kirill Alexandrovich Dmitriev is the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund created by the Russian government to co-invest in the Russian economy alongside the sovereign wealth funds of other countries.[1]

Educated in the Untied States and having worked for Goldman Sachs and McKinsey, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009.


RDIF is the main financier behind Sputnik V, and was tasked by the Russian government to “organize the production” of the vaccine and “promote it in foreign markets.”[2] He is also a big proponent of Big Pharma injections and advocates for combining Russia’s vaccine with Pfizer and Moderna doses.[3]

His wife Natalia Popova, a deputy director of the NGO Innopraktika Foundation, works for and is a very close friend of Putin's younger daughter Katerina Tikhonova.[4]

Early life

Kirill Dmitriev was born in 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Kirill Dmitriev was one of the first Russian exchange students from Ukraine who came to New Hampshire in the 1980s when he was 15. When Dmitriev was 14, he was sent to live with friends of his parents in California, where the host family and Dmitriev convinced administrators at Foothill College to enroll the precocious teenager.[5] In two years, he transferred to Stanford University, from which he holds a BA in economics with high honors. He continued his education at Harvard Business School, where he completed the MBA program, laurelled as a Baker scholar.[6]


Dmitriev worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York and a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, Moscow, and Prague,[7] before returning to Russia in 2000. He was an associate at private equity fund Delta Private Equity Partners from 2002 to 2007, while also working for The U.S. Russia Investment Fund.[8] He was the President of Icon Private Equity from 2007 to 2010.[9]

During his career, Dmitriev worked on the sale of DeltaBank to General Electric,[10] DeltaCredit Bank to Société Générale,[11] CTC Media shares to Fidelity Investments, National Cable Networks to Basic Element, CompuLink to three investment funds, TV3 to Prof-Media, and NTC to Bank Rossiya.[citation needed]

Russian Direct Investment Fund

In 2011 he was appointed as CEO of a newly created Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a sovereign wealth fund to make equity co-investments in Russia companies. His mission has been described as "to change the face of Russian capitalism" and make the Russian economy less dependent on the petroleum industry by "overcoming western funds’ reluctance to invest in a country many viewed as corrupt, prone to state meddling and plagued by a law-of-the-jungle legal system".[6]

Under his leadership, RDIF has successfully invested with foreign partners in more than 90 projects totaling more than 2.1 trillion rubles and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 15 countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, France.[1] Foreign partners have included BlackRock, One Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank,[6] Baring Vostok, UFG, Titan International and others.[citation needed]

He serves on the Board of Directors of Rostelecom, MDMG, Gazprombank, the Russian Railways, Transneft, Rosseti, Skolkovo Foundation, and the supervisory board of ALROSA. He is also on the boards of trustees of the Mariinsky Theatre, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Institute of Theatre Arts GITIS[12] and National History Fund. He was Chairman of the Russian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association from 2005 to 2006.[13]

In January 2017, Dmitriev met with Erik Prince, the founder of the private military company Blackwater, George Nader and the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (known as "MBZ") in the Seychelles.[14] The meeting was convened by the UAE. Prince was understood by the other participants to represent the presidential transition team of Donald Trump, while Dmitriev was understood to represent the Russian government.[15] Prior to the meeting Nader had briefed Prince on Dmitriev and at the meeting Nader introduced Prince to Dmitriev as the person "designated by Steve [Bannon] to meet you! I know him and he is very very well connected and trusted by the New Team."[16]


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/201915 February 201917 February 2019Germany
The 55th Munich Security Conference, which included "A Spreading Plague" aimed at "identifying gaps and making recommendations to improve the global system for responding to deliberate, high consequence biological events."
WEF/Annual Meeting/201126 January 201130 January 2011World Economic Forum
2230 guests in Davos, with the theme: "Shared Norms for the New Reality".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014World Economic Forum
2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by over 2500 people, both leaders and followers, who were explained how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would changed everything, including being a "revolution of values".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2950 known participants, including prominently Bill Gates. "Offers a platform for the most effective and engaged leaders to achieve common goals for greater societal leadership."
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019World Economic Forum
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21 January 2020, coinciding with the start of the meeting.
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  11. "Societe Generale Will Buy Russian Lender", The Wall Street Journal, pp. M4, 15 August 2005

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