Started with washing Windows: Friedman told how he became a co-owner of «Alfa-Bank»

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotobanka Friedman. Archival photoStarted with washing Windows: Friedman told how he became a co-owner of «Alfa-Bank»© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

Businessman Mikhail Fridman in a speech at the forum «Atlanta» told as a window washer climbed to the co-owner of «Alfa-Bank».

The first position of the Freedman was a design engineer at the plant «Elektrostal», where he worked in 1986-1988. The first business Friedman was a co-operative who was engaged in washing Windows. While the future businessman studied at the University, the cooperative, called «Courier», he created, together with its partners-friends.

The co-operative on cleaning Windows

«I came in this our headquarters — and say, «I was born a business idea to clean the Windows». All refused, said that stupidity. But in that moment, from conception to implementation took seconds. We immediately went to the nearest store, the first floor of a multistory building. Come and say: «We are a cooperative, we wash Windows.» Armenian woman says, «Yes, just here Windows need to be washed, because women work hard». We signed the contract, put seals. All very serious,» he said.

The first installment was about 100. Workforce — women — hired from the hostel. They provided everything you need: brushes, rags and so on. The next day they came to clean the Windows. «We washed them for two days. I really, especially not Soaps, I ran. As now, not changed», — he said.

However, two days later, the woman said that the dirt left to wash Windows is not worth it, and kicked them. «But with those guys we had a deal, had to pay. After that, the mood fell completely», — he shared.

Later, Friedman told the story of his friend from University. He suggested that he wash the Windows, means «there is in the estimate, and it should be spent until it was burned down». «We signed a contract with them and we started to scrub the window. He paid cash-2000 rubles», — said Friedman.

Net profit after payment of wages to the workers amounted to 1000 rubles. After that, business began to develop. «We got very big for those times money. For a month, I received 10 thousand rubles,» — said the businessman. Earned money he kept under the bathroom, because the house he was «severely». Earned he bought a used car Chevrolet, Panasonic TV, video recorder. «And in this fantasy my end. Buy more was nothing,» he said.

In 1998 merged «Alfa-Bank» and «Alfa Capital», the businessman became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the new Bank.

Currently, Friedman is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the consortium «Alfa-group».

According to Friedman, during his tenure, he never met personally with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. «Only in the circle of businessmen «, — said the billionaire.

At the moment, according to the magazine Forbes, the condition of the Freedman is estimated at $ 15.3 billion. It takes the 75th place in the ranking of this publication.

His state Mikhail Fridman’s not going to pass on to their children, it is also against their participation in the business. «I don’t want to have their life built on the achievements of the Pope,» explained the businessman, adding that his children are free to achieve, because they have a competitive advantage in the form of good education, opportunities to consult with father and Dating with its terms.

The status of a billionaire will go to the charity Fund, the corresponding agreement has been concluded. «While I control (means — ed.) while you still can,» he said.

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobanka «Alfa-Group» Mikhail Fridman has participated in the international conference «Russia and the world: searching for innovation strategy» within the framework of the Gaidar forum. 2011Started with washing Windows: Friedman told how he became a co-owner of «Alfa-Bank»© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobanka «Alfa-Group» Mikhail Fridman has participated in the international conference «Russia and the world: searching for innovation strategy» within the framework of the Gaidar forum. 2011

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