Born April 9, 1938 in the Cossack village of Black Saraktash spur of the district of Orenburg region, Russian.
In 1957 - a mechanic at the Orsk refinery. In 1957 - 60 served in the Army. In 1960 - 62 - machinist, operator, chief technical installation of the plant.
In 1966 he graduated from the Kuibyshev Polytechnic Institute in 1972 - Faculty of Economics of All-Union Correspondence Polytechnic Institute. By profession - engineer-technologist, an engineer-economist. Candidate of Technical Sciences.
In 1967 - 73 - on party work.
In 1973 - 78 - Director of the Orenburg Gas Processing Plant. In 1978 he was transferred to work in the apparatus of the CPSU Central Committee.
Since 1982 - deputy minister of oil and gas industry in the USSR. Since 1983, both led by All-Union Industrial Association for the extraction of gas in the Tyumen region "Glavtyumengazprom."
. From 1985 to 1989 - Minister of Oil and Gas Industry of the USSR.
. August 15, 1989, was elected chairman of Gazprom.
. A deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR 11-th Legislature (1984 - 89) and the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR the 11 th Legislature (1985 - 90).
. May 30, 1992 - Deputy Prime Minister for fuel and energy complex.
. On December 14, 1992 - Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Russia.
. From April 1995 - Chairman of the organizing committee motion "Our Home - Russia" (NDR).
. 17 December 1995 was elected deputy of RF State Duma.
. On August 10, 1996 - Chairman of the Government of Russia.
. In July 1996, was also appointed deputy chairman of the Council of Defense.
. During heart surgery B
. N. Yeltsin, Chernomyrdin
served as President of Russia with 7.00 on Nov. 5 to 6.00 6 November 1996.
March 23, 1998, Yeltsin signed a decree on the resignation of the Government.
23 August 1998 was appointed BP. and. about. Chairman of the RF Government.
. On February 15, 1999 - member board of state representatives in Gazprom.
. On June 30, 1999 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO Gazprom.
. 19 December 1999 was elected to the State Duma of the third convocation
. In the Duma, went into the Unity faction. February 22, 2000 led to deputy sectarian association Energia of Russia.
. 30 June 2000 was dismissed as chairman of the board of OAO Gazprom.
. Military rank - Colonel stock.
. International Academy of Sciences.
. He has state awards.
. Hobbies & Crafts - accordion, accordion
. Likes to cook dumplings own recipe.
Married. Wife - Valentina. Eldest son Vitaly (1963) graduated from the Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry of. I. M. Gubkin (MINHiGP), married, in 1989 - Gazprom, the youngest son Andrew after MINHiGP also went to work in Gazprom. Granddaughter Masha (in 1996 went to first grade), grandson Andrew (1994).