A Quick Bio of Leonard Blavatnik

By Access Industries

Though you may have heard of Leonard Blavatnik, billionaire, you probably don’t know much about his history. That’s a shame, too, because it’s definitely an interesting one. Hopefully the following Leonard Blavatnik bio, albeit a short one, will help you better appreciate this man’s fascinating life.

Blavatnik was born in Odessa back in 1957. He applied to Moscow State University, but was not allowed on the basis of his Judaism. Instead, he attended Moscow State University of Railway Engineering until his family immigrated to the US in 1978. In the states, he attended Columbia which he graduated from with a masters in computer science and later an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Before he even received his Masters, Blavatnik had started Access Industries. Based out of New York, this international conglomerate now has long-standing holdings in both North and South America as well as Europe.

However, Blavatnik has become just as popular for his philanthropic efforts. His institution has contributed funds to Tate Modern, the British Museum, Royal Opera House and more. Since 2007, they have also partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences in the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

While there is much more to this fascinating man, the above should help you better understand him better.


Access Industries has become a leader in numerous industries across the planet under the guidance of founder, Leonard Blavatnik. An entrepreneur as well as a philanthropist, Mr. Blavatnik may be even better known that his company thanks to the many contributions he has made to lives of people all over the world.