Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev (Russian: Андре́й Григо́рьевич Гу́рьев) (born 24 March 1960) is a Russian billionaire, the former head of PhosAgro, one of the four largest producers of phosphate-based fertilizers in the world.
He is Vice President of the Russian Union of Chemists.
Guryev was born in Lobnya, a town 27 kilometers (17 mi) north of Moscow. He graduated in 1983 from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism, with a degree in physical education and sport. Guryev was further educated at the University of Greenwich, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2003, as well as at the Russian Government Academy of National Economy, graduating in 2004, and at St. Petersburg National Mineral Resources University, where he graduated with post-graduate certificate in Economics in 2010.
Guryev is a Judo master and from 1978 to 1987, served as an instructor and Committee Secretary for the Mosgorsovet’s Dinamo Komsomol organization. From 1987 to 1990, Gurvey served as the Committee Secretary of the Frunsensky District Komsomol (Moscow). Gurvey was an active and committed communist, it was only during perestroika that he turned to business and capitalism.
In 1990, Guryev started his career working for Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the Menatep Group. He rose quickly through the ranks and was appointed chairman of Apatit, a subsidiary of the Menatep.
From 1990 to 1995 he was Deputy Director of the Menatep Group.
In 1995, he was appointed as Head of the Mining and Chemical Products Department, First Deputy CEO of ROSPROM and subsequently head of the Y. V. Samoilov Research Institute for Fertilizers and Insectofungicides (NIUIF).
In 2011, Guryev owned 71% of PhosAgro, with 10% owned by Vladimir Litvinenko.
In 2012, PhosAgro purchased 20% of Apatit. Guryev led a management buyout to acquire control of Apatit and PhosAgro, and now owns 100% of the company.
Between 2011 and 2013 Guryev served as a Member of the Federation Council from the executive branch of the Murmansk oblast government.
In 2013, Andrey Guryev was appointed Deputy Chairman of PhoAgro’s Board of Directors. This came after he made the decision to step down as Senator, citing the new laws regarding foreign bank account owned by Russian entrepreneurs as his reason for stepping down after 11 years as a politician.
In 2014 Guryev sold an increased stake in PhosAgro to Valdimir Litvineko, bringing the latter’s total ownership to 9.73%, up from 4.92% in 2011.
In early 2015, current CEO Andrei Guryev Jr, Andrey Guryev’s son, was reported as saying, “PhosAgro is the most profitable phosphate fertilizer company in the world.”
PhosAgro is structured so that Guryev and his family are recipients of a trust, rather than outright ownership in their names, though Evgenia Guryev, Guryev’s wife, owns 4.82% of PhosAgro in her own name.
In July 2016, Forbes estimated his net worth at US$4.3 billion.