In any other country it would be a paradox. As Russia’s Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko pleaded with world leaders in July 1998 to pressure the IMF to lend it $20 billion for a financially strapped Russia, Forbes Magazine released its list of the world’s wealthiest 200.1 For the first time it included five Russian businessmen. Even more unprecedented, ten years earlier none of these new rich had a net worth of any significance.