Russia: Rosneft boss Igor Sechin.
Igor is arguably the de facto deputy of Vladimir Putin as well as the leader of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft. The company had revenues of over $122 billion in 2021. His past roles include being chief of staff to Putin when he was deputy mayor of St Petersburg. He is seen as a trusted confidante of President Putin and has the nickname of Darth Vader as he leads a Kremlin faction of former security agents.
He became Chairman of Rosneft in 2004 and then President from 2012. He has been sanctioned by the European Union, the US and the UK. His supposed superyacht the ‘Amore Velo’ was recently seized in France as his assets get targeted by sanctions. He is not a figure to be trifled with and will be a key ally to Putin during the invasion of Ukraine.