Pavel Durov

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Pavel Durov
Павел Дуров
Durov in 2012
Born (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 39)
CitizenshipRussia (1984–present)
Saint Kitts and Nevis[1] (2015–present)
France[2] (2021–present)
UAE[3] (2021–present)
Alma materSaint Petersburg State University
Years active2006–present
Known forFounding VK in 2006 and Telegram Messenger in 2013
TitleCEO of Telegram Messenger
RelativesNikolai Durov (brother)

Pavel Valeryevich Durov ( born 10 October 1984)[4] is a Russian-born French-KittitianEmirati entrepreneur. He started the social networking site VK and the app Telegram Messenger.[5] He is the younger brother of Nikolai Durov. In 2024 his net worth is estimated at $11.5bn billion. In 2022, he was the richest person in the United Arab Emirates, according to Forbes.[6] In February 2023, Arabian Business named him the most powerful entrepreneur in Dubai.[7]

He left St Petersburg after he refused to share the data of some Ukrainian users of VK with Russia’s security agency, the FSB. He has been called a freedom fighter with coding ingenuity.[8]

For some years after 2014, the Durov brothers travelled the world in self-imposed exile[9] as citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

In 2017, Pavel joined the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders as a representative of Finland.[10][11] Durov was naturalized as French in August 2021 and now has European Union citizenship.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Vkontakte Founder Pavel Durov Becomes Citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis". The Moscow Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Décret du 23 août 2021 portant naturalisation, réintégration, mention d'enfants mineurs bénéficiant de l'effet collectif attaché à l'acquisition de la nationalité française par leurs parents, francisation de noms et de prénoms et libération de l'allégeance française (Accès protégé)". Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. "Dubai's Jumeirah Islands Welcomes A New Resident: Telegram's Billionaire Founder". Forbes.
  4. Cook, James (22 March 2015). "The incredible life of Pavel Durov — 'Russia's Mark Zuckerberg' who is raising $2 billion for his messaging app". Business Insider. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. "Why Telegram has become the hottest messaging app in the world". The Verge. 25 February 2014. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016.
  6. "With $15.1B, Pavel Durov Is The Richest And Youngest Billionaire In The Middle East". Forbes Middle East. 17 April 2022. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  7. "Dubai 100: Meet the 100 people you need to know in the emirate". Arabian Business. 8 February 2023. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  8. "Telegram: social media giant or the new 'dark web'?". Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  9. Hakim, Danny (2 December 2014). "Once Celebrated in Russia, the Programmer Pavel Durov Chooses Exile". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  10. "ExoAtlet CEO Ekaterina Bereziy named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum". 16 May 2017. Archived from the original on 17 May 2017.
  11. "Young Global Leaders class of 2017". Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.