She looks like any ordinary woman in London, but at 30 this Kazakhstani is set to be the first female oligarch
By Keith Dovkants and Adrian Gatton
26 October 2006
Borat, eat your heart out. This young woman, with her elegantly understated outfit and designer handbag, is about to prove the zany comedian has got it all wrong about Kazakhstan. Mounissa Chodieva, like everyone else from a Kazakh background who has had to endure Sacha Baron Cohen’s jokes, is poised to become Britain’s first woman oligarch.
Until now the oligarchs have all been men. Mounissa Chodieva is expected to join their ranks next year when her father’s huge mines and metals conglomerate seeks a listing on the London Stock Exchange.
If, as expected, the corporation is take public, it could command a market value of £3bn. Ms Chodieva, 30, plays an important role in the business, owns part of it and will become concomitantly rich, or, more accurately, even richer than she already is. To be a true oligarch, of course, she has to have a link to real power and, as we shall see, she satisfies that with ease …
Read the article about Mounissa Chodieva and the Trio from Kazakhstan here.