What did ex-Ernst & Young, ex-Pannell Kerr Forster, and ex-Deloitte employee Farhad Morishi have that you don't have? The dumb luck to meet and befriend a wealthy Russian.
In 1989, Farhad Moshiri was an émigré in London pulling a paycheck at Deloitte & Touche when he met Alisher Usmanov. Now, after a two-decade alliance with Russia's current richest man, the Iranian-born accountant is a billionaire himself. Moshiri, who owns 5 percent of Usmanov's Metalloinvest Holding, Russia's largest miner of iron ore, and 15 percent of Arsenal Football Club, is worth at least $1.1 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Usmanov, 58, rewarded Moshiri, 56, for years of service as an adviser and confidant in 2008, granting him a 10 percent stake in Gallagher Holding Ltd., through which Usmanov controls Metalloinvest.