Yuri Shefler is shareholder and founder of the SPI Group.
is a leading spirits company and one of the most important drinks groups in the world.
After leaving the Russian army
in September 1987, Shefeler studied at the Russian Academy of Economy
before starting a business career which has included running one of Moscow`s leading shopping malls and heading Vnukovo Airlines.
had a vision of building an integrated spirits business - controlling everything from production to distribution and sales.
Through a series of deals he
added distilleries, a retail network in Russia and the Baltic states and significantly developed an international distribution arm.
In 1997 he
bought a company that became the heart of what has grown into SPI today.
net worth is estimated between US$ 500 million and US$ 1.6 billion.
Given the estimated cost of the yacht Serene (US$ 300 million), his
net worth will probably be more than US$ 1 billion.
Motor Yacht Serene owned by Yuri Shefler
Yuri Shefler's yacht Serene
Yuri Shefler's US$ 300 million yacht