The grandiose plans of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev to create a tourist resort for the rich and famous of the international elite on the legendary Scorpio Island, once owned by the great Aristotle Onassis and his family, called “heaven on earth”, is now in question.
Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and their dramatic consequences leave no one safe.
Complicating the situation is that he belongs to the Russian elite, despite the fact that Dmitry Rybolovlev’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is not considered the best.
The 55-year-old billionaire is not in danger of the fate of other wealthy compatriots such as Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov, Igor Sechin and many others (whose multimillion-dollar luxury yachts were arrested in foreign ports).
However, as he writes protothema.grthe Russian krez appears in the list of people associated with the President of Russiadrawn up by the US Congress, but is not among the 400 Russians and Belarusians identified EUas supporters of Vladimir Putin.
For his part, Mr. Rybolovlev notes that he does not have any “connections with the President of Russia” at all, and he made his fortune before 1999, i.e. before Vladimir Putin came to power.
And yet, the situation is very tense, and there is no talk of any “rapid development” of the project and further investment at the moment.