This literature review has its limitations in that literature used for the study of Roman Abramovich is limited to the articles on Roman Abramovich found in the local library and in the JSTOR and EBSCO databases and the information yielded through the Google search engine. It would have been better to have used more databases to widen the panorama of information on Roman Abramovich, but this could not be done as access to other data bases could not be secured. Another issue is that all the information available is through secondary sources. A personal interview with Roman Abramovich would have provided his perspective of his rise and growth and the manner in which he has been responsible this spectacular success in the business world. This has not been possible as access for a personal interview of Roman Abramovich is not within the scope of this exercise. Thus this study of Roman Abramovich operates within these limitations.
4. Roman Abramovich
4.1. The Humble Beginning:
Roman Abramovich was born on October 24, 1966 in the town of Saratov on the banks of the river Volga in Southern Russia. His father was a construction worker. He lost his mother soon from blood poisoning, which was closely followed by the death of his father in a construction site accident. This left Roman Abramovich an orphan before his third birthday (Smith, 2006).
He was adopted by his father's brother and went to live for some time with him in Moscow and from there to his maternal grandparents in the northern region of Komi. Roman Abramovich studied at the Industrial Institute, which was located in the city of Ukhta in Komi. He was drafted into the army and completed his draft time in...
The list of elite properties that he owns includes a fifty-four million dollar townhouse in Belgravia, a ten million dollar townhouse in Knightsbridge, and a 440-acre estate in West Sussex that was once owned by the King of Jordan He also owns a ten million St Tropez villa, two super yachts and a Boeing 767. Roman Abramovich is a lavish spender on things that he likes. On 2003, he purchased a majority stake in the Chelsea Football Club for a princely sum of $233 million and then lavished another $470 million spent on players to make the club a force to reckon with in the English Premier League and the European Club Football scenario. He continues to underwrite $200 million towards the annual salaries of the club. The rise of Roman Abramovich from a poor orphan to among the richest ten men in the world sounds like a fairy tale, but behind this spectacular success lies a man full of characteristics that have propelled him on towards this path of fame. In a land that needs deft and quick positioning, Roman Abramovich has been fast in spotting opportunities and utilizing them. He has shown the patience to wait for the right opportunity to make his move, and the humility to suppress his ego when the times demand it. His political shrewdness is remarkable ability to locate where the true political power lies and keeps in the good books of it. He is not daunted by setbacks and to go after his vision. With these qualities, it is no wonder that the rise of Roman Abramovich has been spectacular.