Vladimir Lisin is chairman of NLMK Group, a leading manufacturer of steel products. Lisin started out as an electrical fitter in a coal mine in Siberia and then worked as a steelworker in Central Russia. He later managed factories for a group of traders called Trans-World Group. When the partners went their separate ways in 2000, he got a majority stake in the Novolipetsk steel mill. Lisin also owns railway operator First Cargo as well as some ports and shipping companies.