Born April 5, 1962 in Elista, Kalmykia. Father - a party worker, an engineer by education, mother - Veterinarian. Hereditary Cossack.
At age 14, became the champion of chess in Kalmykia.
In 1979 - 80 he worked at the plant "Zvezda" ( "a one"). In 1980 - 82 serving in the army.
In 1982 - 83 - youth brigade foreman at the plant "Zvezda".
In 1989 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) (was removed from the 5 th year, but restored). Specializes in Japanese (language, history, economics, culture) and external economic relations with the countries of the East.
He worked in the JV "Eco-Rainbow trainee, manager (1989 - 90). In 1990, earned his first million rubles.
Since 1990 - President of the international corporation "San". Organized in Kalmykia Bank "Steppe". For 1993 was the founder of some 50 different commercial entities with an annual turnover of 500 million dollars.
January 1993 - President of Russia Chamber of Employers (r. Moscow), as well as the Chamber of Entrepreneurs Kalmykia (r. Elista).
March 18, 1990 was elected a deputy of the RSFSR. Since the end of 1991 to 1993 - Member of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (member of the Council of Nationalities).
. April 11, 1993 was elected President of the Republic of Kalmykia - Khalmg-Tangch.
. Abandoned Russian loans and grants.
. December 12, 1993 elected to the Federation Council of Russia.
. President of the State Investment Company "Kalmykia, who owns controlling stake in major industrial and commercial enterprises of the republic.
. October 15, 1995 at unopposed elected president of Kalmykia.
. Since January 1996 - Member of the Federation Council of the second convocation of the post.
. In January 1999, temporarily headed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic in connection with the resignation of the Cabinet of Viktor Baturin.
. Actively engaged in charitable activities.
. Since 1990 - Member of the Union of Cossacks of Kalmykia
. Winner of the Gold Medal of Peace for humanitarian activities.
. Master of sports of chess.
. President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
. The founder of the newspaper "New Vision".
. In the Kalmyk and Russian languages, speaks Japanese, English, some Korean, Mongolian and Chinese.
. Likes to go to a restaurant, prefers "Zamoskvorechie", "Beijing, Moscow Commercial Club of Great Communist Street and various discos
. Collects the famous "friends" from the world of business and the arts. For example, a sign with one of the representatives of the family Oppenheimer (USA). He met with Garry Kasparov, when bought from him for 10 million rubles crown of world champion (Kasparov gave money to victims during the Armenian pogroms in Baku). Ilyumzhinov
put the crown in the bank - first in France, then in Switzerland. A fan art of Ilya Glazunov.
He has state awards.
Married. With his wife attended the same school. He has a son (1990).
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