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Russian Billionaire God Nisanov Donates Millions To Coronavirus Relief

27 May 2020

As of today, Russia has surpassed 350,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases – the second-highest number in the world after the US. Even as lockdown ends, the country reported almost 9,000 new infections on May 25, 2020. Fortunately, Forbes billionaire God Nisanov, a real estate mogul originally from Azerbaijan, is stepping up to help.

Together with longtime Kievskaya Ploshchad Group business partner and fellow Forbes billionaire Zarakh Iliev, Nisanov has provided an entire 421-room Radisson Hotel in Moscow to medical workers who need to separate from their families. The hotel serves two meals a day free of charge. The Gazeta.Ru, a leading and trusted Russian news source, also reports that the two billionaires have donated the massive Moscow Automobile Trade Center to the city. The building is being converted into a supplemental hospital facility with up to two thousand beds.

Furthermore, Central Market, a gastro project owned by Kievskaya Ploshchad, has been providing free food since the beginning of quarantine to personnel of two state medical hospitals battling the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Nisanov donated $1.2 million to the Azerbaijan Coronavirus Relief Fund and supplied 10 ambulance vehicles to Azerbaijan.

 “The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life to a surprising degree, and I see it as my duty to help ensure that our society sustains as little damage as possible,” Nisanov said in an exclusive interview with Forbes. “I strongly believe that given the severity of the dangers this crisis can bring, people need to do what they can to contribute. All of humanity needs to get involved with helping one another.”

Nisanov was born in a Jewish settlement in Azerbaijan. After graduating with degrees in finance and law, he worked briefly for his father’s canned food factory. Then in 1992, he joined forces with Iliev, who remains his business partner to this day. Throughout his career, Nisanov has funded numerous charity projects, including assisting with the construction of a school and museum in his home town.

“I'm interested in more than just making money,” says Nisanov. “Bringing a project to a successful finish, deriving satisfaction from the results, and making a unique and meaningful difference that will affect people far into the future – all of these aims are expressions of my life purpose.”

To aspiring entrepreneurs, Nisanov offers this advice. “The business and financial aspects of any project are important. But an entrepreneur should be driven first and foremost by the ambition to do something special. Their goals should be facilitated by unwavering focus and a solid work ethic. Make quick decisions, take risks, and don’t be afraid to explore uncharted territory.”

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