Known as the “King of Diamonds,” Lev Leviev is an Israeli businessman, philanthropist, and investor, of Tajik Bukhari Jewish background. Beginning in the 1990s, Leviev avoided being directly involved with the Yeltsin family and nurtured ties with Vladimir Putin. His diamond mining investments in Angola and his investments in Israeli settlements have been the target of protests. A prominent member of the Bukhari Jewish community, he is president of the World Congress of Bukharian Jews.
Lev Leviev Biography
Lev Leviev was born in Samarkand, Uzbek SSR in 1956. His family moved to Israel in 1971 where he lived until 2007 when he moved to London. As of 2018, he lives in Russia. His parents, Avner and Chana Leviev were prominent members of the Bukharian Jewish community, and Leviev is a practicing Orthodox Jew.
He is a supporter of the Chabad movement, but as a Bukharan Jew, he was brought up in the Bukharan liturgy. In 1971, when he was fifteen, his family emigrated from Uzbekistan to Israel. Alisher Usmanov’s father was the prosecutor in Tashkent who helped facilitate the Leviev’s departure for Israel
Lev Leviev Net Worth
Lev Leviev has a net worth of 1.0 billion as of 2018, according to Forbes.
Lev Leviev Career
Shortly afterward, Leviev began to work as an apprentice in a diamond polishing plant, learning the 11 steps of the diamond cutting process. After serving in the communications directorate of the Israel Defense Forces, he established his own diamond polishing plant.
In 1992, he moved to Russia and purchased Russia’s oldest jewelry factory, Ruis Diamonds Ltd. of Moscow which specializes in fancy cutting and high-end ideal cuts of larger diamonds and competes with Smolensk Cristal, and the Moscow Jewelry Factory (Russian: Московский ювелирный завод (МЮЗ)). Valery Rudakov (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Рудаков), a representative with the Main Directorate of Precious Metals and Diamonds (Glavalmazzolot)[a] and the former head of the Yakutskalmaz trust, facilitated Leviev’s ownership of Ruis Diamonds.
Lev Leviev Age
Lev Leviev is 66 years of age as of February 2022. Lev Leviev was born in Samarkand, Uzbek SSR in 1956.