Leonid Bershidsky

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BornNovember 23, 1971
Alma materMoscow State Linguistic University, University of California, INSEAD
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
WEF/Young Global Leaders 2005. Columnist for Bloomberg News.

Employment.png Columnist

In office
2014 - Present
EmployerBloomberg News
Preceded bySouad Mekhennet

Leonid Davidovich Bershidsky is a Russian Berlin-based journalist, publisher[1] and columnist for Bloomberg View, the editorial division of Bloomberg News.[2]

He was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005.


Bershidsky was born in Moscow to a Jewish family.[3] He studied at, but did not finish, the Moscow State Linguistic University and the University of California. He spent a year in France on his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked at foreign media such as the The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, The Moscow Times, and was the chief editor of "Capital" weekly. From 1999 to 2002, he was the first editor in chief of the newspaper Vedomosti.

In 2007, at the invitation of Alexander I. Vinokourov, Bershidsky went into business as the managing director of KIT Finance Investment Bank. In 2009, Bershidsky became a co-owner and chief editor of the business website Slon.ru. In 2010, he was appointed director of the business book division of Eksmo, a Moscow book publisher.[2][4] He became the author of several detective novels: Rembrandt must die (2011), Devil's Trill, or test Stradivari (2011), Eight Faberge (2012). In 2011, Bershidsky retired from Slon.ru and began working in the Ukrainian magazine consultant project "Focus."[5] In 2012, he edited the Ukrainian web portal Forbes.ua. In 2014 after Crimea became part of the Russian Federation, Bershidsky announced his emigration to Germany.[6]

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