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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bank Brothers Count Their Blessings

APA woman posing near a vintage Mercedes on display at an antiques exhibition in a Moscow supermarket on Friday.
A son of the president of Bashkortostan, a passionate collector of Jewish art and two religious banking brothers were among the country's new billionaires as Russia vied with Germany for the second spot on Forbes' annual list of the world's richest people.

The list, published Thursday, includes 53 Russians. There are 19 Russian newcomers and one making his reappearance -- more newcomers than any other nation after the United States.

The combined net worth of the country's billionaires shot up to $282 billion from $172.1 billion last year, Forbes said.

"2006 was the richest year in Russia's history," said Kirill Vishnepolsky, deputy editor of Forbes' Russian edition, which helped compile the list.

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich again led the Russians on the list, increasing his fortune to $18.7 billion from $18.2 billion in 2006. Suleiman Kerimov, the secretive Dagestani-born State Duma deputy who made headlines when he crashed his Ferrari in France last November, more than doubled his wealth to $14.4 billion over the past year, becoming Russia's second-richest man and the world's 35th.

Among other winners, Russian Aluminum owner Oleg Deripaska increased his fortune to $13.3 billion from $7.8 billion last year, while Severstal boss Alexei Mordashov amassed $11.2 billion, compared with $7.6 billion in 2006. Ten Russians now have more than $10 billion each, as compared to four billionaires last year and just one in 2005.

"Russia's mostly young, self-made tycoons are catching up to Germany's often-aging heirs and heiresses," the magazine said.

Russia is now only two billionaires shy of Germany's total. But by collective wealth, the country's billionaires are ahead of Germany's, who have a total of $245 billion. The United States has 415 billionaires worth a total of $1.36 trillion.

Brothers Alexei and Dmitry Ananyev, who sold a stake in their Promsvyazbank to Germany's Commerzbank last year, are among the 19 new Russian names on the list. The brothers, each worth $1.7 billion, are "very religious," with Alexei Ananyev assisting clergymen at the Moscow-based Church of the Trinity in his free time, the magazine said.

Surging demand in the electronics and food sectors has helped Sergei Galitsky, founder of Magnit, a chain of grocery stores, and Igor Yakovlev, founder of home-appliance and electronics retailer Eldorado, make the list.

Also new on the list are Vyacheslav Kantor, the chairman of the Russian Jewish Congress, who is founder of the Akron fertilizer holding and "a passionate collector of paintings by Russian artists of Jewish origin"; Oleg Boiko, a wheelchair-bound entrepreneur who made his money in the gambling business; and Filaret Galchev, the owner of Eurocement Group, the country's largest cement producer.

One other notable newcomer is Ural Rakhimov, worth $2 billion, who heads Bashneft, the main Bashkortostan oil company. Rakhimov's father is Murtaza Rakhimov, the autocratic president of Bashkortostan.

Boris Berezovsky, who last year sold Kommersant newspaper -- the last of his interests in Russia -- to metals magnate Alisher Usmanov, has returned to the Forbes fold with a fortune of $1.1 billion, the magazine said.