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Black Earth Farming – leader of the revolution?

Nobody could ever accuse Michel Orlov, president and founder of Black Earth Farming, of lacking the courage of his convictions. As the one-time private equity professional who quit the industry in 2005 to take up the helm of a greenfield farming play in Russia freely admits: "At the time a lot of people thought I was mad."

Giving investors food for thought

Russia builds a future for wheat

Michel Orlov, Black Earth Farming

"We’re a highly needed play given that Russia is a net importer of food"
Michel Orlov, Black Earth Farming

Some three years on and as the head of a listed public company valued at $1.2 billion and counting, Orlov can safely claim to have proved many of his doubters wrong. Despite the after-effects of a chest infection, Orlov as an interviewee is as expansive as the company he now heads, and displays more than a little of the missionary zeal of anybody who has overseen the translation of a concept into reality.

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