Billionaire Roman Abramovich secretly visited President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe last week.
The oligarch- who owns English football club Chelsea FC- jetted into the country aboard a private jet on Sunday, 3rd November and left on Tuesday 5th November.
While in Uganda, Abramovich, in the company of four ladies and a gentleman, stayed in a rented posh apartment in Kololo.
Sources tell us the 11th richest Russian was in Uganda to discuss a solar business prospect with Museveni.
We are told Museveni and the billionaire first made contact while the president was in Russia to attend the first ever Russia-Africa summit that occured last month.
However further details of the high profile meeting between the president and Abramovich remain scanty.
According to Wikipedia, Abramovich started his multibillion-dollar business during his army service in the 1990s.
He first worked as a street-trader, and then as a mechanic at a local factory. At the peak of perestroika, Abramovich sold imported rubber ducks from his Moscow apartment.
Abramovich attended the Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in Moscow (where he sold retreaded car tires as a side business), then traded commodities for Runicom, a Swiss trading company.
In 1988, as perestroika opened up opportunities for privatization in the Soviet Union, Abramovich got a chance to legitimise his old business. He and Olga set up a company making dolls. Within a few years his wealth spread from oil conglomerates to pig farms. He has traded in timber, sugar, food stuffs and other kinds of products. Abramovich set up and liquidatedat least 20 companies during the early 1990s, in sectors as diverse as tire retreading and bodyguard recruitment.
Thus the main stages of Abramovich’s financial career were January 1989 to May 1991, as chairman of the Comfort Co-op (manufacturer of plastic toys), and May 1991 to May 1993, as director of the ABK small enterprise in Moscow. From 1992 to 1995, Abramovich founded five companies, including Mekong, that conducted resale, produced consumer goods, and acted as intermediaries, eventually specializing in the trading of oil products. He began selling oil from Noyabrsk.
In 1992 he was arrested and sent to prison in a case of theft of government property: AVEKS-Komi sent a train containing 55 cisterns of diesel fuel, worth 3.8 million roubles, from the Ukhta Oil Refinery; Abramovich met the train in Moscow and resent the shipment to the Kaliningrad military base under a fake agreement, but the fuel arrived in Riga. Abramovich co-operated with the investigation, and the case was closed after the oil production factory was compensated by the diesel’s buyer, the Latvian-US company, Chikora International.
In May 1995, jointly with Boris Berezovsky, he set up the P.K. Trust close joint-stock company. In 1995 and 1996, he established another 10 firms: Mekong close joint-stock company, Centurion-M close joint-stock company, Agrofert limited liability company, Multitrans close joint-stock company, Oilimpex close joint-stock company, Sibreal close joint-stock company, Forneft close joint-stock company, Servet close joint-stock company, Branco close joint-stock company, Vector-A limited liability company, which, again together with Berezovsky, he used to purchase the shares of the Sibneft public company.
According to Forbes, he is the 107th richest man in the world with a networth of $12 billion.