Polonski is a 35 year old Russian billionaire who made his fortune in real estate. In 2008, Forbes magazine put his net worth at $1.2 billion.>
A graduate of St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Construction, left the army in 1994 and went into the building business in his college town. His Mirax Group is the largest real estate developer in Moscow that didn't get its start in the country's capital. Builds housing apartment complexes, business centers and high-rises (for example, the 1,300-foot Moscow City tower). Was preparing for a public listing but canceled it at the end of 2007 because of the crisis in financial markets. An extreme-sports lover, had once hoped to fly to the International Space Station but was rejected because of his height (at 6 feet 4 inches, he is too tall).
"During the past . . . month, we haven't sold a single square meter of housing or collected any . . . payments for the real estate we've already sold," he wrote. Mirax Group, he said, is “struggling with the storming seas of the economic crisis” and may not survive, he wrote. “If we are destined to perish, we’ll do it with our heads up high.” [The Associated Press]
Kharma is a bitch.