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CIO magazine Award - IT Visionary

CIO America Latina announced the winner of a new and prestigious program of worldwide prizes that recognize and support entrepreneurs that generate innovations in the IT industry, highlighting the impact that those innovations have on Latin America.

The winner received the CIO America Latina’s WW IT Visionary 2011 Prize in a private ceremony that took place in the Faena Hotel, in the city of Buenos Aires.

The winner was selected after a search was carried out to find the new visionaries from the technology sector. Candidates from all over the world, that had positively impacted their clients and the profitability of Latin American organizations with their revolutionary innovations, were considered.

The finalists were selected by the management team of CIO America Latina, and the winner was chosen by a panel of ten CIO members from the region.

The winner of CIO America Latina’s WW IT Visionary 2011 Prize is Alex Konanykhin, KMGi’s CEO, www.konanykhin.com was born in Russia and had a fascinating life. At 23 years old he founded the Russian Exchange Bank and a finance and construction empire valued at more than $300 millions, becoming one of the richest men of post-communist Russia.

When living in the United States he created KMGi, an international and acclaimed production studio recognized by major publications, like Forbes and CNNfn, as the “future of Internet”, because of its cutting edge technology innovative implementations.

He was the winner of Businessman of the Year’s Prize, given by the Washington Post, and has now won the IT Worldwide Visionary 2011 prize because of the impact that his company is making on Latin America, improving corporate communications to help our region be less marginalized in the world of global business.

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Media About Alex

Washington Post:
Konanykhin, one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the commies, left in 1992 and was granted asylum here in 1999. He's built a very successful Web advertising business in New York City. He had been chosen "New York Businessman of the Year." "As such, you will be honored and presented with your award," NRCC chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said, at a "special ceremony" April 1. " President Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are our special invited guests.
CNN:
Alex Konanykhin controlled Russia's largest commercial bank in the 1990s
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Konanykhin was a whiz-kid physics student who became a pioneering Russian capitalist in early 1990s, building a banking and investment empire valued at an estimated $300 million all by his mid-20s. He was a member of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle.
The Baltimore Sun:
Business whiz kid.
WJLA TV / ABC:
Russian Bill Gates.
The Times:
By the time he was 25 he was one of the most important figures in post-Communist Russia. But in 1992, while on a business trip to Hungary, Alex Konanykhine was kidnapped.
The New York Times:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified Konanykhin that Russian organized crime figures had paid to have him killed.
CBS "60 Minutes":
Alex Konanykhin didn't only have KGB after him… He had the FBI, the Justice Department, even the CIA all on his case, as a favor to the Russians, part of a deal to allow the FBI to keep a bureau in Moscow.
Los Angeles Daily Journal:
Representing himself through much of the process, Konanykhin managed to convince an immigration judge of an alleged INS and KGB conspiracy and cover-up. Following the court's admonishment, the INS agreed to drop all charges and also pay $100,000..The judge also ordered an investigation of the Justice Department. In separate actions, Konanykhine subsequently won multimillion dollar libel judgments against two Russian newspapers. A $100 million lawsuit against the Justice Department is pending, alleging perjury, fraud, torture and witness tampering by U.S government officers on behalf of the Russian Mafia.
Profit Magazine:
Imagine you are a teenage physics genius who quickly amasses a $300 million empire of real estate and banking ventures, has dozens of cars, six hundred employees, several mansions and two hundred bodyguards—but you are nonetheless kidnapped by those you trusted, threatened with torture and death, and have your entire empire stolen from you one dark night in Budapest. You escape with your life by racing through Eastern-block countries and flying to New York on stashed-away passports—only to have the KGB and Russian Mafia hell-bent on your hide and the U.S. government jailing you and conspiring to serve you up into their clutches. All this before your 29th birthday. Sound like a Tom Clancy thriller? No. . . just a slice in the life of Alexander Konanykhine.