The contributors to this book wanted to tell their stories of the past 20 years: how they entered the market or the country, made fortunes and lost them, introduced or invented new professions and markets, fell in love, served the needy, made mistakes and missed opportunities — and in the end made good lives, successful companies and enduring ties. All of them love their work. All of them have unwavering faith in their future. All of them work incredibly long hours. And all of them are enormously proud of their contributions — not only to their companies' success and families' comfort, but to the country that raised them or welcomed them, and the people they live among.
If there is one message that comes out of these different histories, there is no one right way to do business or make a life in Russia.