Biography of Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
Alimzhan Tursunovich Tokhtakhunov (also known as Taiwanchik) is a Russian businessman and philanthropist, Honored Wrestling Coach of Russia. Currently, he is the president of the National Football Fund.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov – entrepreneur and philanthropist
The future businessman was born in Tashkent on the night of January 1, 1949. He was a child from an ordinary family of Soviet doctors.
The nickname “Taiwanchik” was born in the yard football team. In high school, the boy played for the youth Pakhtakor for some time, later worked as an administrator at CSKA, helping the famous Soviet coach Vsevolod Bobrov, but eventually gave up sports and became interested in card games. Nevertheless, his love for football remained with him – after many years he headed the charitable “Domestic Football Fund”.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov in his youth
After school, Alimzhan moved from Tashkent to Moscow, where he made many useful contacts and quickly gained popularity as a talented card player.
At the very end of the 1980s, at the height of perestroika, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov left the USSR and moved to Germany, where he lived for three years. All this time he was engaged in entrepreneurship – he sold German products (computers, video equipment) on the Russian market.
In 1993, Alimzhan decided to change his place of residence again and moved to France. In Paris, the businessman continued his business activities and lived there until 2001.
In 2001 he moved to Italy, where in the summer of 2002 he was arrested by the Italian police in the case of the Olympic medals of Russian figure skaters in Salt Lake City. The FBI tried to incriminate him with bribing sports judges. Tokhtakhunov spent more than ten months in a Venetian prison, but the case was closed even without going to court. The own investigation of the International Olympic Committee confirmed the non-involvement of the businessman, and in 2003, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, released from Italian custody, moved to Moscow.
Russian law enforcement agencies had no claims against him. But the United States has repeatedly reminded of itself, for example, by including Alimzhan on the list of the most wanted criminals according to the FBI, along with the leaders of the Taliban. State secret services are still hunting for Tokhtakhunov. The businessman himself connects this with the first serious attempts of American pressure on Russia. He, in particular, spoke about this and many other things in an interview with political consultant Alexei Naritsin.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov emphasizes that all accusations of connections with the mafia and the underworld are invented by unscrupulous journalists. The businessman’s lawyers regularly win libel suits with Russian and international media.
In the late 2000s, Alimzhan Tursunovich decided to set out his life path in his memoirs. In 2008, his autobiography “My Silk Road” was published, in which, in his own words, he told a completely true story of his life. The title of the book is a reference to the activities of the Venetian traveler and merchant Marco Polo.
Autobiography of Alimzhan “Taiwanchik” Tokhtakhunov
In 2010, another book was published from Tokhtakhunov’s pen – “Angel Haute Couture”. This work is written in the seemingly unexpected genre of a love story for Alimzhan. The author himself admits that he drew inspiration from the works of the French writer Francoise Sagan.
The third book by Alimzhan Takhtokhunov is simply called “Handsome”.
Personal life of Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov has five children and five grandchildren. The eldest son Mikhail is a candidate of medical sciences, and his daughter continued the dynasty and graduated from medical sciences. The eldest daughter Lola Kochetkova (born 1993) is a ballerina, a graduate of the GITIS ballet master department.
In 2012, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov started an affair with a young student, Yulia Malik, who gave him twins Katya and Lisa.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov and Iosif Kobzon
It is known that Alimzhan has many friends and acquaintances among representatives of Russian show business. Alla Pugacheva calls him her good friend – in an interview she admitted that she constantly communicates with Tokhtakhunov when she is relaxing in Paris.
Other famous people from his entourage: fashion designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev, singer Iosif Kobzon, former hockey player Pavel Bure, singer Sofia Rotaru.
With People’s Artist Yuri Nikolaev
The businessman sympathizes with Vladimir Putin, does not hesitate to criticize the Russian opposition, whose actions he is very skeptical about.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov now
As of 2017, Alimzhan has relegated entrepreneurship to the background and devoted himself to charitable work in the “Domestic Football Fund”, helping young football talents and football veterans.
President of the National Football Fund