Yuri Milner is CEO and Founding Partner of DST. At DST, Yuri led the investments in over two dozen leading Internet companies and raised over $1bn in 8 rounds of financing. Currently, Yuri serves on the board of directors of Mail.ru, vKontakte and Forticom. Yuri also serves as a member of the Presidential Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia’s Economy.
Before DST, Yuri held various management positions in Russia, including the CEO of Mail.ru between 2001 and 2003, where he turned the company around operationally and positioned it to become the #1 Russian language website.
Between 1990 and 1992 Yuri attended Wharton Business School and later joined the World Bank where he was involved in the development of the financial sector in Russia.
He returned to Russia in 1996 and was responsible for the first tender offer for a public company in post Soviet times. Yuri started investing in the Internet sector in 1999.
Yuri graduated from Moscow State University in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research at the Institute of physics in the Russian Academy of Sciences between 1985 and 1989.
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