Stephen Jennings has been described as Russia's only foreign oligarch.
The New Zealander was a key player in post-Soviet Russia's sell off of state assets.
His Renaissance financial group is now looking beyond Russia's borders with investments in Asia and Africa.
Vladimir Putin's Russia has been described as shark-infested waters for foreign business - so, how come Stephen Jennings is still afloat?
He spoke to Stephen Sackur.
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