was born August 4, 1966, in Leningrad
, now St. Petersburg
. Rozhetskin is an international financier and lawyer
credited with bringing significant financial and legal advances to modern Russia
On March 16, 2008 Rozhetskin disappeared from his house in Jūrmala, Latvia.
The Mail on Sunday reported his disappearance
According to Russian press, he is currently living in California and cooperates with the U.S. Justice under the Federal Witness Protection Program
Early Life and Education
Leonid Rozhetskin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1966, but the Rozhetskin family immigrated to the United States
in 1980. Rozhetskin attended high school in New York City
In 1987, Leonid Rozhetskin received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University with distinction. In 1990, Leonid Rozhetskin graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
From 1990 to 1991, Leonid was a law clerk for Judge Stephen V. Wilson, a federal judge in Los Angeles, California. From 1991 to 1994, he worked as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell
and White & Case
, both U.S. law firms. In 1992, Leonid Rozhetskin returned to Russia to open his own law firm, representing clients such as the International Finance Corporation
(a division of the World Bank
), Credit Suisse
, Morgan Grenfell
and The Moscow Times
Career in Investments, Mining and Media
In 1995, Leonid Rozhetskin's focus shifted from the law to financial ventures. Rozhetskin was part of a group that founded Renaissance Capital
, one of Russia's most successful domestic investment banks in partnership with Boris Jordan and Stephen Jennings.
In 1998, Leonid Rozhetskin left Renaissance Capital to co-found the independent venture capital firm LV Finance. In 2003, Leonid Rozhetskin sold his interest in LV Finance.
From October 2001 until January 2005, Leonid Rozhetskin served as Executive Vice Chairman of Norilsk Nickel, Russia's largest mining company and the world's largest miner of nickel and palladium metals.
This Russian-American financier is also a board member and founding shareholder of City A.M., London's first free daily business newspaper.
In 2007, Leonid Rozhetskin financed a film with movie
production company L+E Productions.
Leonid Rozhetskin has one son, Maxmillian.
Leonid Rozhetskin was awarded for the 1989-90 academic year, a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University for his special contribution to teaching the undergraduates of Harvard University and Radcliffe College.