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Andrei Skoch: Successful Entrepreneur, Billionaire And Philanthropist

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ANDREI VLADIMIROVICH SKOCH: HIS LIFE PATH AND CHARITABLE PROJECTS

Andrei Skoch is a former businessman, who, since 1999, has been a deputy of the State Duma. In 1996, Andrei Vladimirovich founded a humanitarian foundation, and since then, he has been its permanent head. Skoch actively participates in the political and cultural life of Russia.

EARLY LIFE

Andrei Skoch was born in 1966. His father, a native of the Zaporozhye region, shortly before his son’s birthday, had moved to Moscow and got a job at the Salyut aviation plant. Throughout his childhood, the boy had the example of a hardworking father before his eyes, who went from a simple worker to the head of the plant’s trade union. This had a considerable impact on Andrei Skoch.

Andrei Vladimirovich served in the army and then received higher pedagogical education. After that, the young man began to look for his place and business in a rapidly changing country, where business was reborn, and new opportunities appeared. A.V. Skoch, like many of his generation, became interested in entrepreneurial activity.

ANDREI SKOCH’S BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

Andrei Vladimirovich was looking for success in various fields: he sold computer components, and at one time managed his own bakery. Fortune smiled on him at the moment when Skoch and his business partner Lev Kvetnoi started trading in petroleum products.

This business brought Andrei Skoch his first fortune, which he invested in the Interfin investment company in 1995. The sphere of interest of this company was quite wide: it invested money in various industries, eventually focusing on raw materials, including the mining plants of the Belgorod region. A.V. Skoch often went to this region for work purposes. Thanks to these business visits, he learned what problems the locals face and what they need. When the businessman decided to do charity work, he established the Pokolenie (Generation) Foundation in the Belgorod region. The majority of the fund’s projects are tied to this region. Andrei Skoch’s own activity is still quite closely connected with the region: he often comes there and takes part in events organized by the Pokolenie Foundation.

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