We continue the rubric for Kazakhstani travelers “Live with ours”. There was already an article on the Internet about the Metropol Hotel near Nice, which is owned by Ian Connor, partner of the founders of the Kazakh offshore empire Meridian. The hotel and all its associated infrastructure were bought and reconstructed with money withdrawn from Kazakhstan. So, if you get a chance, be sure to check out Jan. A part of your taxes was also invested there, which went to save Kazkom and enrich its owners. But if our readers do not like hotels and prefer to stay in apartments, we have a great option for them.
NY. The largest city in the USA. One of the most expensive cities in the world, its financial and cultural center. Here are the two largest stock exchanges, the largest banks and the central offices of many global companies. The annual budget of New York alone is $100 billion – half of the annual budget of the whole of Kazakhstan. New York is cool, it’s expensive, it’s interesting. Not surprisingly, 13 million foreign tourists come here every year – more than any other city in the United States. And if you are one of them, we will help you find a decent place to live in this city. Especially if you decide to stay in it longer. And, of course, if you have money. Only $7.2 thousand (3.2 million tenge) per month – and the three-ruble note in the center of New York is yours.
Our lot is located in a skyscraper at 2 Columbus Avenue. This is the very heart of the city. Literally a stone’s throw from Central Park and Lincoln’s largest urban cultural center. To visit New York and not listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera? Error! Walk past Carnegie Hall? Fatal error! But they do not threaten you, because both locations are 2-3 minutes walk from our apartment. Spending another 10 minutes on foot will take you to the New York Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center. In short, a great option for cultured people.
What will the tenants of this apartment get? Two bedrooms with modern furniture, living room and kitchen. Great view from the window. And most importantly, the owner is our man, Kazakhstani Dauren Zhaksybek, so we can try to bargain on the price. Dauren became its owner in 2001. He himself was only 23 years old then, and his father, Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, worked as akim of Astana. A year before this purchase, Dauren graduated from Washington American University with a degree in International Finance and Marketing and got a job in the New York office of Raiffeisen as a loan officer. The purchase cost him $600,000. We did not find information about the mortgage in the transaction documents, which means that the amount was paid to the seller in full. It is unlikely that he accumulated it, saving on dinners and parties. Surely this is a successful investment of the father-akim. Now the apartment is worth more than $2 million. Not a bad start for a student and the son of an official.
A few years after the deal, Dauren moved to Vienna to work at the Raiffeisen headquarters, and then took up the development of the family business, the Tsesna Corporation, which was patronized by his father, who, as one of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s closest associates, moved from one high government position to another .
In January 2012, Tsesnabank, headed by Dauren Zhaksybek, received the title of “The Best Commercial Bank of Kazakhstan”. From 2013 to 2018, Dauren himself was included in the rating of the most influential businessmen in the country according to Forbes-Kazakhstan. The influence rating of 2018 was the last for Dauren. Despite state assistance of 700 billion tenge, the family of Adilbek Dzhaksybekov still had to sell their assets to the Jusan group, controlled at that time by Karim Massimov and Nazarbayev’s funds. The new owners of Tsesna also required several rounds of state funding, and the total amount spent by the budget to support them reached 1.5 trillion tenge.