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Meet Alexander Govor, the Russian businessman who just bought hundreds of McDonald's restaurants after the fast-food chain's exit from the country

Meet Alexander Govor, the Russian businessman who just bought hundreds of McDonald's restaurants after the fast-food chain's exit from the country
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  • McDonald's is selling its Russian restaurants to Alexander Govor for an undisclosed sum.
  • Govor agreed to keep current employees on payroll for at least two years.

McDonald's is leaving Russia and selling its restaurants in the country two months after closing the locations in March amid conflict with Ukraine.

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McDonald's in Tver, Russia.      FotograFFF/Shutterstock

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The global burger giant, which had over 800 locations in Russia, announced that it would sell its restaurants to Russian businessman Alexander Govor.

The global burger giant, which had over 800 locations in Russia, announced that it would sell its restaurants to Russian businessman Alexander Govor.
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Gorov will rebrand the restaurants under a new name. Neither McDonald's or Govor disclosed the price of the deal.

Gorov will rebrand the restaurants under a new name. Neither McDonald
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Govor has been a McDonald's franchisee since 2015, when he agreed to open 20 restaurants through his business GiD LLC.

Govor has been a McDonald
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Source: Reuters

Govor became only the second Russian McDonald's franchisee, because the chain focused on opening its own restaurants and operated about 500 at the time of the deal.

Govor became only the second Russian McDonald
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Source: Reuters

Govor is from Novokuznetsk, an industrial city in southwestern Siberia.

Govor is from Novokuznetsk, an industrial city in southwestern Siberia.
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Govor grew his wealth in the coal business as co-owner of the coal mining company Yuzhkuzbassugol, located in his hometown of Novokuznetsk.

Govor grew his wealth in the coal business as co-owner of the coal mining company Yuzhkuzbassugol, located in his hometown of Novokuznetsk.
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Source: Bloomberg

The Russian businessman bought the mine together with multinational manufacturing and mining company Evraz during liberalization in the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin.

The Russian businessman bought the mine together with multinational manufacturing and mining company Evraz during liberalization in the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin.
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A Russian oversight committee temporarily shut down the mining company in 2007 after explosions at Yuzhkuzbassugol's mines led to over 100 worker deaths.

A Russian oversight committee temporarily shut down the mining company in 2007 after explosions at Yuzhkuzbassugol
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Then Evraz, which is owned in part by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, bought out Govor from the company.

Then Evraz, which is owned in part by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, bought out Govor from the company.
Former Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.      Clive Mason/Getty Images

Govor got into the oil business next, investing money from the sale of the mines into the Yaisky Oil Refinery in 2013.

Govor got into the oil business next, investing money from the sale of the mines into the Yaisky Oil Refinery in 2013.
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He still partially owns the refinery through his company NefteKhimService, which is described on its website as a "construction investor and business owner."

He still partially owns the refinery through his company NefteKhimService, which is described on its website as a "construction investor and business owner."
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Govor is also reportedly the founder of Sibirskaya Milyona, a company that owns cattle farms and produces milk and sausages.

Govor is also reportedly the founder of Sibirskaya Milyona, a company that owns cattle farms and produces milk and sausages.
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Govor is a "local businessman, patron of the arts, and enthusiastic collector," according to a press release from a concrete company from 2018.

Govor is a "local businessman, patron of the arts, and enthusiastic collector," according to a press release from a concrete company from 2018.
Cold frosty February weather in Siberia in the North-East of Russia. Anadyr, Chukotka Autonomous region, Russia.      Andrei Stepanov / Getty Images

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The release credits Govor with donating his collection of 40 vintage vehicles to a museum in Novokuznetsk.

The release credits Govor with donating his collection of 40 vintage vehicles to a museum in Novokuznetsk.
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In 2021, Govor participated in a car race put on by the museum, and came in second, according to a press release from NefteKhimService.

In 2021, Govor participated in a car race put on by the museum, and came in second, according to a press release from NefteKhimService.
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Govor agreed to employ and continue paying the roughly 60,000 Russian McDonald's employees for two years.

Govor agreed to employ and continue paying the roughly 60,000 Russian McDonald
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The new owner also agreed to keep corporate employees on the payroll and continue paying suppliers and landlords, according to a statement from McDonald's.

The new owner also agreed to keep corporate employees on the payroll and continue paying suppliers and landlords, according to a statement from McDonald
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