Sir Leonard Blavatnik is a major American and British industrialist, with global interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, venture capital and real estate. He is the founder and chairman of Access Industries, a privately held industrial group with strategic investments throughout the world.
In 2010, Sir Leonard made a visionary gift of £75 million that enabled the University of Oxford to establish the Blavatnik School of Government. He is personally committed to the success of the School while always respecting our academic independence.
Sir Len Blavatnik was born in Odessa, Ukraine when it was part of the former Soviet Union. An American citizen since 1984 and a UK citizen since 2010, he has advanced degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities, and sits on boards at Harvard and Tel Aviv Universities.
The many other academic and educational institutions that have benefitted from Sir Leonard’s philanthropy include the University of Cambridge, Yale University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Tel Aviv University, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the New York Academy of Sciences.
British cultural institutions he has donated to include the Tate, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.
He has also donated to numerous other charitable causes throughout the world.
In 2017 Sir Leonard was knighted for services to philanthropy.