Len Blavatnik
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United States United Kingdom
2019

Access Industries

Len
Blavatnik

Founder / Chairman

The Warner Music Group owner made headlines in November 2018 with his $200 million gift to Harvard Medical School, part of more than $700 million donated to charitable causes by the Blavatnik Foundation over the past decade. The billionaire industrialist who made his first fortune by investing in Russian aluminum after the fall of the Soviet Union is now making big moves in the streaming arena, investing heavily in the U.S. launch last year of the subscription sports service DAZN (“Da Zone”), which has gained credibility by enlisting TV sports alums including former ESPN chief John Skipper as executive chairman. Blavatnik is also active as a Broadway producer, backing such recent entries as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “Hillary and Clinton.”

Career

  • Access Industries
  • AI Film
  • Warner Music Group

Education

  • Columbia University (NY, USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Tate Modern Names New Building for Len Blavatnik

Tate Modern Names New Building for Len Blavatnik

Britain’s Tate museum group has officially named the recently opened extension of Tate Modern after Len Blavatnik, the billionaire industrialist whose Access Industries has branched out into music, film and television.The new Blavatnik Building has been named in recognition of the donation from Blavatnik's family foundation, which pledged a reported £50 million ($65 million) gift to the Tate in 2011. Blavatnik said the Tate provided an “incomparable service to the arts, culture and education throughout the world,” and that his...

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