Vodafone of the East

Mikhail Fridman has always set his sights high. The Russian oligarch started his working life cleaning windows in the early 1990s, but a decade on and he is one of the most successful businessmen in Russia. The Alfa Group that he built up has interests in oil, finance, real estate and even tea, but in April he cleared away the last obstacle to fulfilling his dream: to build a “Vodafone of the east.”