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2nd-Sep-2008 11:59 am
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The Moscow Times » Issue 3979 » Frontpage Top
Nadia Popova / MT
Mikhail Prokhorov talking with a Financial Academy professor on Monday.

Prokhorov Tells Students How to Get Rich

02 September 2008By Nadia Popova / Staff WriterBillionaire Mikhail Prokhorov on Monday advised students at the government's Financial Academy that going into private business, rather than working for the state, was the best way to get rich and join him on the Forbes list.

"There are young people who go to work in state service right after graduation," Prokhorov said. "I recommend you to go only into business. Only there will you find drive and real life."

"See you in big business in five years. And five years after that, see you in the Forbes list," said Prokhorov, the country's fifth-richest man according to Forbes Russia, with an estimated fortune of $22.6 billion. "We will work either as colleagues or as competitors. Let those who fail to do all that go into state service."

Prokhorov's advice appeared to go slightly against his own history, however.

Graduating from the academy in 1989, his first job was working for the Bank of International Economic Cooperation, a state-owned bank representing the governments of nine Communist countries, including the Soviet Union, Cuba and Vietnam.

Prokhorov, speaking at the Pushkinsky Theater, assured the students that they would benefit from the connections they made at the academy.

"Beginning today you become the full-fledged members of this mafia of the Financial Academy -- the mafia in the good sense of the word," Prokhorov said. "For now, just believe what I say, but you will understand how lucky you are in 10 to 15 years."

"You of course have to study well, but the most important thing is to have fun -- real fun," he said. "Success only comes to the people who live in harmony."

The Financial Academy, founded in 1918 as a socialist economics institute, in the late 1980s and 1990s became an incubator for a number of high-ranking officials and businessmen, who have since lavished generous sponsorship on their alma mater.

Last year, for instance, Prokhorov donated $5 million to the academy's endowment fund.

Among Prokhorov's class of '89 were current Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Khloponin and Andrei Kozlov, the late first deputy chairman of the Central Bank who was assassinated in 2006.

Prokhorov's rock star-style speech was set off by a more conventional address by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, a member of the academy endowment fund's board of trustees, who used the occasion to tout the strength of the Russian economy and its ability to withstand investor concerns about the conflict with Georgia.

"It is 10 years since the 1998 financial crisis, and our economy is stronger today," Kudrin said. "The world financial crisis hasn't shaken our strength. But the risks of those years are far lower than those we are facing today. The decision that was made on the republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was the only one possible. But our financial system is durable enough to stand it."

In contrast to Prokhorov, Kudrin also encouraged the students to go into both business and government service.

"I see future bankers and ministers here," Kudrin said. "There are about 1,500 people working at my ministry today, and we always need new specialists."

Prokhorov's advice not to go into government service seemed to be ignored among some students.

"You can't begin business from nothing, just after graduation, as Prokhorov advised," said student Anna Shchudenkova, 16. "To get all that, you first have to get into state service to earn some money, connections and reputation."

"We'll become Kudrins," Shchudenkova said, winking to her girlfriends standing around her at the cinema entrance. 

 Stas Burlenov, 16, who said he had enrolled for a part-time course, said it was not as easy now to make a fortune in business as it was in the 1990s.

"Russia is now going the European way, where people reach the top jobs by the age of 70," Burlenov said. "But what Prokhorov said excited and somewhat challenged me and my friends."

2nd-Sep-2008 08:24 am (UTC)
well done. congrats
2nd-Sep-2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Good afternoon, Michael. It agree with you that it is necessary to live in harmony always. But it is not enough of it, for successful harmony. Still it is necessary to read the special literature, to communicate in the necessary circle and to have bent for to it. It is a lot of clever and talented people, but not all become outstanding managers and businessmen. Not all have a business grasp. It is glad, for students of Financial Academy that they have possibility to communicate with you.
2nd-Sep-2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Лариса,Вы только не обижайтесь,но электронный переводчик уже не впервые играет с вами злую шутку)))
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2nd-Sep-2008 08:32 am (UTC) - Тьфу!
Что это?
2nd-Sep-2008 08:43 am (UTC) - Re: Тьфу!
А это, Вася, МД наставлял студентов на путь истинный! Все-таки начало учебного года!
Вот, Вася, почитай отрывок из статьи, ведь МД некогда писать нормальный русско-язычный пост, он много работает, теперь читает лекции, а ты учи английский, хоть и не построена школа для котов:

Студенты Прохорова Теллса, Как Разбогатеть 02 сентября 2008By Надиа Попова / Штат WriterBillionaire, Михаил Прохоров в понедельник сообщал студентам в Финансовой Академии правительства, что вход в частный бизнес, вместо того, чтобы работать для государства, был лучшим способом разбогатеть и присоединяться к нему в списке Форбеса. "Есть молодые люди, которые идут, чтобы работать в государственном обслуживании прямо после окончания," сказал Прохоров. "Я рекомендую Вам пойти только в бизнес. Только там будете Вы находить двигатель и действительность." "См. Вас в крупном капитале через пять лет. И спустя пять лет после этого, который, см. Вас в списке Форбеса," сказал Прохоров, пято-самый-богатый человек страны согласно Форбесу Рассие, с предполагаемым благосостоянием 22.6 $ миллиардов. " Мы будем работать или как коллеги или как конкуренты. Позвольте тем, кто не в состоянии сделать все, что входит в государственное обслуживание. "Совет Прохорова, казалось, шел немного против его собственной истории, как бы то ни было. Заканчивая академию в 1989, его первая работа работала для Банка Международного Экономического Сотрудничества, принадлежащий государству банк, представляющий правительства девяти Коммунистических стран, включая Советский Союз, Кубу и Вьетнам. Прохоров, говорящий в Театре Pushkinsky, уверил студентов, что они извлекут выгоду из связей, которые они сделали в академии. "Начало сегодня Вы становилось вполне оперившимися членами этой мафии Финансовой Академии - мафия в здравом смысле слова," сказал Прохоров. " Пока, только верьте тому, что я говорю, но Вы поймете, как удачливый Вы находитесь через 10 - 15 лет. ""Вы конечно должны учиться хорошо, но самая важная вещь должна иметь забаву - реальная забава," сказал он. "Успех только прибывает к людям, которые живут в гармонии." Финансовая Академия, основанная в 1918 как социалистический экономический институт, в конце 1980-ых 1990-ых стала и инкубатором для множества высокопоставленных чиновников и бизнесменов, кот
орые с тех пор расточали щедрое субсидирование на их alma mater.
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2nd-Sep-2008 08:36 am (UTC)
ну они неправильно написали название альма-матер!! Finance Academy. еще кто-то говорит The Finance Academy.
2nd-Sep-2008 08:40 am (UTC)
согласна по поводу совета работы в гос.службах,когда бизнесмены становятся политиками или общ.деятелями,бизнес не становится приоритетным
2nd-Sep-2008 08:44 am (UTC) - А такая серьезная газета!!!
"Shchudenkova said, winking to her girlfriends"

подруга ж.

(female) friend; (детства, игр) playmate; (школьная) schoolfriend; (интимная) girlfriend
2nd-Sep-2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Михаил, а Вы не рассматриваете вариант, когда выпускник, начав работать в государственных органах, уже затем переходит в бизнес, а не начинает в последнем изначально? Не вариант ли это для периода нынешнего квази-государственного капитализма?
2nd-Sep-2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Mikhail, you are the russian financial Don Corleone! In the good sense of the word.:)

By the way, rock-style speaking.. Rock-style financial Godfather. Mamma mia!=-0
2nd-Sep-2008 09:22 am (UTC) - Competition.
Every indivudual has different driving forces and values and not all are profit oriented.
So, after all you mentioned the Avenue of Greed! You seem to contradict yourself - did you not state that the Forbes list is of no importance? Actually, the real successful people of high class can not be found in Forbes - they will do everything possible to stay out of classifications. I believe that their names are familiar to many. You were unrooted by accident a whole ago to your displeasure, right? Fortunes can be made and lost, the importance lies on the individuals’ mental capabilities and integrity, the $-amount next to a name is nothing more than a statistical evaluation of suspicious accuracy.
Hm... do you suggest that the governmental clerks are a bunch of losers? What happened to these capable idealists, who have dedicated themselves to a service of their nation? They are almost prone to extinction, but do exist. Mr. Kudrin being one of them...I am sure that you could provide a different tractation on this statement , which will contain a healthy doze of cynicism and I will say no more.:)
If I were you I would have encouraged these young individuals to go into governmental service and establish different rules and fair game - that would be beneficial for the country and its population, although it might cause you grief. How did Kennedy say: "... ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." You know that it will eventually happen, why don't you push it forward?
Let's leave the business in your capable head and hands. I am sure that Alexander The Great can not be your competition. What would be the purpose of a competition against you - in your eyes they will be a smoked meat anyhow. You dislike easy victims, don't you ? It does take some courage to establish the field for stronger opponents. :)
Lady Baskerville
P.S.: "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - JFK, who I believe you admire. I suppose you realize what I meant? :)
3rd-Sep-2008 02:57 am (UTC) - Re: Competition.
Hey there B,
Our host is a capitalist; of course he's not going to tell the students to go into governmental service :) But if by some miracle of God he does advise going to work for the state, then he will advise it as a "last resort". Working for a government (especially in Russia)that is corrupt in nearly every sector will only benefit the government and its mission to take the power from the oligarchs and bring it back to the state. It won't benefit the workers and it sure as hell won't benefit the country! A capitalist advises people to start up their own businesses and run them the way they think the businesses should be run with very little governmental intervention. And if one doesn't have the managerial/business aptitude, then he/she should (according to the capitalist) at least get into a position in business that's high-up enough to be on the winning side of the econonmic stick. Instead of referring to JFK (a glorified socialistic democrat who was no saint by any means), the real models for capitalism are two of my favorite men of old and if you haven't read enough of my posts by now to know who they are, then the guys I speak of are Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Read some of their quotes if you don't believe me. Especially those of Thomas Jefferson and what he says about government and its purposes in general. Enjoy your day B and take care.

All my best,
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2nd-Sep-2008 09:26 am (UTC)
и почему народ,такой злой!!!
2nd-Sep-2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Простите - я не узнаю Вас в гриме - Ксения Собчак?
2nd-Sep-2008 09:34 am (UTC) - Russian Translation
MDP and his admin team,

Whereas it is no problem for me to understand english, your blog is predominantly read by russians. Would you not consider a translation so that everyone will have access to this article? Don't neglect your fellow-countrymen, please.

Thank you in advance.

Lady Baskerville
2nd-Sep-2008 09:50 am (UTC) - Re: Russian Translation
Лэди не надо нас недооценивать))все мы поняли прекрасно)))
2nd-Sep-2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Dear Mikhail,
I also think that it would be better for graduates to get some practice in a big firm or in state services before run thier own business.
2nd-Sep-2008 11:20 am (UTC)
Прохоров молодец, когда я учился в МГУ, ни Дерипаска, ни Мельниченко к нам не приезжали.
2nd-Sep-2008 11:23 am (UTC)
сейчас, вроде, Дерипас заезжает в альма-матер время от времени.
2nd-Sep-2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Ну всё,пошла на себе крест поставлю,посыплю голову пеплом и буду оплакивать бесцельно мною прожитые годы-я работаю в гос-учреждении,поступаю в аспирантуру и в дальнейшем если и вижу себя,то только на службе у государства- в политике.
Не видать мне драйва и гармонии во веки веков.Аминь.
Г-н Прохоров подпишитесь под моим приговором. Пожалуиста.
2nd-Sep-2008 12:10 pm (UTC) - "Всё в банкиры я пойду-Пусть меня научат".
Да и ещё,простите,а кто вас будет обслуживать,лечить и учить,коли все в предприниматели ринутся?
Здесь,наверное не лишне упомянуть и про то,что развиваться бизнесу в наше время очень непросто,а малый бизнес и вовсе держат под прессовкой.
А зарабатывать можно везде-лишь бы работа была по-душе!
2nd-Sep-2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
А бизнес и гос. службу кто-нибудь спрашивал, нужны им эти выпускники и молодые специалисты? Сами же писали, что бизнесу и стране нужны нормальные токари и слесари.
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