One of the wealthiest Greeks in the world
Filaretos Kaltsidis –best known in Russia as Filaret Galchev– is the one of the wealthiest Greeks in the world, with net worth $2,1 billion (as of 30-9-2016 according to Forbes). Until 2015 he was the richest Greek in the world and the 369 richest person in the world with a fortune of 4,4 billion dollars (Forbes World Billionaires list for 2015). In the list of 2016 he was on 1198 place with a dramatic fortune lose, as he had 1,5 billion dollars.
In 2014’s list he was on 234 with total fortune of $6 billion. He is the 22nd richest man in Russia.
Filaretos Kaltsidis was born on May 26th, 1963, in the village of Tarson in Georgia. In 1991, he graduated the Moscow Mining Institute as mining engineer-economist and began working in the coal industry, as an expert in his doctorate’s subject on coal market development in Russia. In 2011, he was named Person of the Year by CemWeek, as the most influential man in the cement industry in Russia.
Kaltsidis holds both Greek and Russian citizenships.
He’s member of the Mining Science Academy and the International Energy Academy. He has authored 22 books and on October 20th, 2004, he was positioned as a Professor at the Economics and Mining Planning Department of Moscow State Mining University.
Since 2000, Kaltsidis is Chairman of the Board of Directors of CJSC Rosuglesbyt and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Krasnoyarsk Coal company. Since 2002, he’s also Chairman of EUROCEMENT and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EUROCEMENT Group.
Kaltsidis’s Eurocement Holding AG is Russia’s largest producer of cement, with annual production capacity of 38 MT, expected to raise up to 50 MT in the near future according to corporate plans.
Kaltsidis resides in Russia and every summer he visits the Messenian Gulf on his luxury yacht Zaphyra, one of the best 75m yachts in the world. His parties joined by the members of the Russian social elite steal the show. Galchev loves Messenia and in January 2013, he donated the amount of €55,000 to the Municipality of Kalamata for the restoration of the Municipal Theatre building.
He is married and has one daughter and a son.