In 1991, a small group of Russians emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union and enjoyed one of the greatest transfers of wealth ever seen, claiming ownership of some of the most valuable petroleum, natural gas and metal deposits in the world. By 1997, five of those individuals were on Forbes Magazine's list of the world's richest billionaires.

chapter 5|26 pages


chapter 6|24 pages

The nomenklatura oligarchs

chapter 7|32 pages

The upstart oligarchs

chapter 9|18 pages

Corruption, crime, and the Russian Mafia

chapter 10|16 pages

Who says there was no better way?

chapter 11|30 pages

Confidence or con game: what will it take?