The VimpelCom company was founded in 1992 but the brand Beeline appeared in summer 1993. Today VimpelCom has 58.8 million mobile communication subscribers. In 2018 net profit of the company amounted to 27 billion , annual turnover was 73.1 billion . The headquarters is located in Moscow.
Dmitrii Zimin is an academician of the International Academy of Communications and the author of more than 100 scientific works and inventions. Dmitry founded VimpelCom company when he was 63 years old, together with a young American entrepreneur – Augie Fabela II.
In 1996, VimpelCom became the first company in the history of new Russia, which placed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. In May 2001, Dmitry Zimin has left the General Director position: “VimpelCom is my favorite child. But children grow and grow up… At one moment I felt that its prospects are greater than I can manage”.
Dmitry sold his shares to Alfa Group. He believes that it would be wrong to transfer such large company as VimpelCom to his children. They had never participated in its management processes. And he has not prepared any successors. Nevertheless, the Board of Directors awarded Dmitry the title – “Honorary President and Founder of VimpelCom.” Dmitry is currently holding this post and is involved in consulting activities for the company.