Vladislav Doronin left Russia in 1985 and began his career as a trader on the global commodity markets, acquiring a reputation among international investors as a serious and trustworthy partner.
In 1993, he founded Capital Group, now one of Russia’s most successful property development firms. Capital Group has worked with leading architects to transform the urban environment through a portfolio of 71 major large-scale, high-end projects, totalling more than 75 million square feet. More recently, he has established OKO Group, a real estate company with four projects in Miami and one in New York. OKO Group brings not only considerable financial strength to the U.S. market, but also a passion for working with the very best architects and designers in the world, including Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid, the preeminent American architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, New York-based Hani Rashid of Asymptote Architecture, Italy-based Massimo Iosa Ghini of Iosa Ghini Associati, the acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange.
As an investor, Vladislav Doronin began as the majority shareholder of Aman and, subsequently, Chairman of the Board. Founded in 1988, Aman Resorts owns and manages 30 luxury resorts and hotels in 20 countries. Mr Doronin is the Chairman of the Board of Aman. As a longtime enthusiast of various Aman properties, Mr Doronin has worked to improve Aman's financial strength and develop its brand and experience. In August 2015, following a corporate restructuring, Vladislav Doronin took full ownership of the Aman hotel business continuing as Chairman, alongside Board Director, Mr Alan Djanogly. They remain as the only two directors.
Alongside his business activities, Vladislav Doronin is an active philanthropist and patron of the arts.
Since 2003, he has been contributing to the spiritual renewal of Moscow and has supported a number of important sociable and charitable initiatives. He has contributed to the reconstruction of Moscow's major synagogue as well as key Russian orthodox churches. For his charitable initiatives he was granted a 1st Grade Order by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.
Chief among his philanthropic causes are the Gabrielle Angel Foundation for Cancer Research; the NEON Moscow initiative that raised 1.8 million dollars to be donated to Russian charities dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Russian women and children; and the International Tiger Summit that brought together heads of 13 countries in St Petersburg to discuss a global strategy for the conservation of the species in the wild.
For more than 10 years, Vladislav Doronin has been contributing to the emergence of young Russian and foreign artists. In 2009, he launched the Capital Group Art Foundation, which has supported such major cultural projects as the PhotoBiennale 2010, PRIX PICTET, the Albert Watson and Arne Quinze exhibitions and many others.
As a successful businessman and developer with a 20-year history, Vladislav Doronin is widely recognised within both Russian and foreign business communities.
Forbes magazine has described him as the “Businessman who changed Moscow for the better”. World Finance magazine ranks him among the most powerful businessmen in the world. Between 2008 and 2009, his company gained the titles of “Best Russian developer” and “Best developer, 2009”. His developments have won prestigious international and Russian awards, including the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2010, the Commercial Real Estate Awards in 2009 and 2010, and others.
In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Vladislav Doronin one of the 'Kings of Russian Real Estate'. He is now realising his ambitions to break into the global property market.