If you know about the industrial world, the name Len Blavatnik should be a familiar one. Aside from being one of the wealthiest men in the UK and the world at large, Blavatnik is the man behind one of the most important companies in the world. Thanks to Len Blavatnik, Access Industries has helped the world benefit from greater media and telecommunications, natural resources, chemicals and real-estate.
However, what you may not know about this pioneering individual is how much he gives back. For example, Len Blavatnik and Columbia have had strong ties ever since he was a student there and graduated with a masters in computer science. A winner and a few finalists from his alma mater have all benefited from the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. It’s Mr. Blavatnik’s way of encouraging young people to follow his footsteps as far as the sciences go. Past recipients have included notable individuals like Leon Bottou, Ruslan Medzhitov and Milan Stoganovic, who went to Columbia. Philip Kim, also from Columbia, was a finalist that same year and has, of course, gone on to become a success in his own right.
So although he’s a huge success in the business world, some could argue this man has done just as much for philanthropy.
Although most people know about Leonard Blavatnik, the Industrialist, everyone should also know about the great philanthropist he has become over the years. While remaining the chairman of Access Industries, the man has also overseen philanthropies all over the world dealing with everything from education to poverty.