Roman Abramovich has invited Elon musk at the St. Petersburg forum

Businessman Roman Abramovich

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has invited the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon musk at the St. Petersburg international economic forum-2016 (SPIEF-2016). About it told RBC source in one of the venture funds and confirmed to the representative of company Abramovich’s Millhouse John Mann. Why Abramovich decided to extend an invitation on your behalf, Mann said, saying only that the businessman “loves the Tesla car, and Millhouse a few years to invest in alternative energy”.

Mann says the response to the invitation is not followed. Several requests RBC aimed at Tesla and SpaceX, went unanswered. Press Secretary of Recongress (organizer of the St. Petersburg forum) was unable to provide a prompt review. The source of RBC in Recongress reported that Elon musk was asked officially and unofficially for “the channels business.”

A source in one of investment funds of Roman Abramovich in conversation with RBC said that Musk and Russian businessman “familiar”. He noted that Abramovich has not invested in the project Mask.

Earlier the interlocutor of RBC in the organizing Committee of the forum told me that the organizers of the forum are looking for the invited “star” of the business. “The challenge is to invite world-famous businessman-Evangelist,” he said. A source in the Kremlin said that this role really came to the Musk, but it is unlikely he will agree to come to Russia.

According to two sources in the organizing Committee of the forum on the role of “stars” was also considered the founder of Alibaba Jack MA (was the headliner at last year’s St. Petersburg international economic forum) and the founder of Uber Travis Kalanick. Yet officially confirmed the arrival only MA: 17 may this was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko at a briefing on the organization of the forum. Representatives of Uber did not comment on the invitation and possible visit of Calanica in Russia.

American billionaire Elon Musk takes the 94th place in the list of the richest people in the world, according to the American Forbes, with a fortune of $12.4 billion of Its main investments associated with the alternative power industry and development of commercial space programs. The most famous project is the company Tesla Motors, founded in 2003, which produces electric cars. The company is traded on the stock exchange, as of 17:55 GMT 19 may its market capitalization on the NASDAQ was estimated at $28 billion. Another well-known project Mask company SpaceX, which is developing its own launch vehicles to send commercial payloads into space. In late April, SpaceX also announced that no later than 2018 plans to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars.

The St. Petersburg economic forum will be held from 16 to 18 June. According to Recongress, their participation in the forum confirmed about 3,500 people (as of April 28), about 50% of the participants are foreigners. The main agenda SPIEF this year will be “directed outward”, previously wrote RBC. As explained by a senior Federal official, President Vladimir Putin would like to “send foreign participants a signal” that Russia had to be tough as a result of the external forces and the situation in the financial markets, but managed to survive, and sooner or later begin to rise, and foreign business that’ll be back to get more dividends, making it before the others.

The project with probability

On 19 may, the newspaper “Vedomosti” announced the establishment of a panel to discuss the prospects of cooperation between “Russian Railways” (RZD) and the American Hyperloop One company, which is engaged in the development of high-speed trains, the idea of billionaire Elon musk (he’s not technically owns the company). While discussed only the concept of the likelihood and amounts of future funding information. On the website Hyperloop appeared One job description, which implies that the company is looking for Director of business development in the Moscow office for the development of projects in Russia.