Kozitsyn Andrey Anatolyevich is a successful Russian entrepreneur, philanthropist, head of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company. According to Forbes magazine, the businessman has a fortune of $ 4,800 million and is ranked 25th in the ranking of the richest Russians.
Childhood and youth
Andrei Kozitsyn is from Verkhnyaya Pyshma, where he was born in 1960. Today it is a satellite city of Yekaterinburg, the distance between the two settlements is 14 kilometers.
Even in early childhood, the character of the boy manifested itself. The child grew up responsive and helped others. When the boy was 13 years old, an incident happened to him - he helped a girl who almost drowned in the river. The hero was awarded the medal "For the rescue of drowning people".
Having received a certificate of secondary education, the young man entered the mining and metallurgical technical school in the regional center, received the profession of a locksmith. The first place of work in Kozitsyn's career was the local Uralelectromed plant. In 1979, Andrey was drafted into the army, after which he returned to the enterprise.
From locksmith to director
The path up the career ladder was long for Kozitsyn. On the way to success, he did not jump over the steps of a career, but overcame them on his own. He started at the plant as an electrical fitter, then became the head of the section. The young specialist headed the laboratory, headed the equipment department, and in 1994 became the commercial director of Uralelectromed. In a difficult time for the enterprise, the new manager was able to sort out the heaps of debts, to believe in the success of the plant, which was barely breathing. Feeling a lack of theoretical knowledge to successfully overcome the crisis, Andrei entered the Ural Polytechnic Institute.
Kozitsyn held the post of general director of Uralelectromed until 2002. As a result of the reorganization of the enterprise, the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company was formed. Soon, many factories producing ferrous and non-ferrous metals, firms engaged in construction and agriculture, were consolidated into a single enterprise. Kozitsyn became the head of the holding, because by that time he had accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge.
The range of professional interests of an entrepreneur has expanded over the years. He became a co-owner of the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant, then Vladikavkaz Electrozinc and other enterprises became part of the holding. Many companies were on the verge of bankruptcy, but Kozitsyn's skillful actions helped them rise to a new level.
Today UMMC is in the 2nd place in Russia in terms of copper production, the share of the company accounted for up to 40%, it is second only to Norilsk Nickel. According to information from the official website, UMMC is a leader in zinc production, and is also one of the main producers of coal and gold on the domestic market.
Today, the holding includes more than 40 enterprises from Russia and abroad, which operate in various sectors of the economy. Their total annual turnover is billions of dollars. Most of the assets are concentrated in the mining and engineering industries, construction and the agricultural sector.
In the conditions of the economic crisis, the enterprises of the holding are actively looking for original opportunities to substitute imports. So instead of bumblebees from Israel, pollinating greenhouse vegetables, domestic insects appeared.
Andrei Kozitsyn is not only an entrepreneur who was able to accumulate a solid fortune and take a place among the most successful businessmen in the country. He considers it his duty to provide people with real help, so he pays great attention to charity. Since 1999, the entrepreneur has headed the Children of Russia Foundation. The organization helps children who find themselves in difficult life situations and supports the development of children's creativity. Kozitsyn pays much attention to the upbringing of healthy people. He believes that children's sports should be widespread and should open up especially talented children.
The patron does a lot for his small homeland. Today, future champions are being trained in Verkhnyaya Pyshma; two decades ago, a multi-disciplinary sports palace was built there. The businessman's immediate plans are to continue the development of the city's infrastructure, to build an ice palace and the Avtomobilist club. Under his leadership, a museum of military equipment appeared in his hometown, which occupies 7 hectares. This is a small contribution of the entrepreneur to the patriotic education of the younger generation and a tribute to the memory of war veterans. In addition, he allocates funds for the construction of places of worship and housing for young families. On the site, which has been empty for a long time, the Sadovy microdistrict has grown. The number of residents of Verkhnyaya Pyshma has doubled in recent years. For this important work, the entrepreneur was awarded several orders, and also received the title of Philanthropist of the Year. Kozitsyn's numerous awards include the title of an honorary citizen of Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region.
Little is known about the Kozitsyn family. Together with his wife, Andrei raised his daughter Maria. A graduate of a school near Moscow received a gold medal and became a student at the Higher School of Economics. Among the heirs of billions of dollars, according to Forbes, the girl is ranked 10th, having overtaken many of the children of successful businessmen in the country.
How does he live today
Andrey Anatolyevich is interested not only in production, but also in science. The combination of study and practice allowed him to become a professor of economic sciences at a leading university in the Urals. It is an amazing combination of academic knowledge and managerial skills. But the entrepreneur himself proudly calls himself a metallurgist.
Among the interests of the businessman is a passion for history and military equipment. Speaking of future plans, he names the construction of a planetarium, a go-kart track, a sambo palace and a tram line that will connect Verkhnyaya Pyshma with Yekaterinburg.
The favorite hobby of the famous Russian is hunting. He has not only a flair for the game, but also the grip of a businessman. Therefore, he invests in new projects that are invariably doomed to success.