He later switched his last name to his mother’s maiden name, which is easier to spell and pronounce.
“My passion for technology has been since day one,” he said.
“We had an issue,” Andreev began to explain, before stopping himself.
“Whatever, you will find what you find in the news.
All of this is enough to earn Andreev, age 44, a spot among the world’s richest for the first time.His father passed away and his mother now lives in Paris.He became a British citizen “in 2008 or 2009.” Has he given up his Russian citizenship?“My dad was involved in technology, so in our Moscow flat I had a million toys around me.” He attended University of Moscow briefly before dropping out in 1992 at age 18 to move to Spain. He took out a loan from his parents to support his travels around Europe before starting Virus, an online store that sold computers and computer accessories to internet users in Russia in 1995.He sold it "for a few hundred thousand" dollars in 1997, enough to pay his parents back in full.