Albert Popkov, the founder of the most popular Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru, has been named “Businessman of the Year” by the men’s lifestyle magazine GQ. The annual ceremony “GQ People of the Year” was held at Et Cetera theater in Moscow on September 18.
Odnoklassniki.ru has over 20 million registered accounts and 6 million daily users. According to TNS Web Index, Odnoklassniki.ru had 29.4 million unique visitors from all over the world in July 2008. In Russia, the site was ranked 3rd by monthly reach with 10.4 million monthly audience, behind only Yandex (12.8 million) and Mail.ru (12.7 million).
Born in 1972, Albert Popkov founded Odnoklasniki.ru in 2006. Previously, he worked several years for i-CD Publishing in London developing several social networking and business search directory sites. According to business newspaper Vedomosti, Albert together with his wife have 42% stake in Odnoklassniki Ltd., which owns the Odnoklassniki.ru business.
The majority stake in Odnoklassniki.ru is held by Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) and its affiliates.