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Vladimir Antonov, Russian banker, investor, billionaire, and perennial runner-up for Most Interesting Man In The World Award, has been cleared by the Swedish National Debt Office to become a shareholder in Spyker, and ultimately Saab.
Despite possible connections with organized crime that any Russian billionaire is expected to hold in the first place, Antonov has “made so many valuable contributions to Spyker since 2007 as financier and shareholder,” said Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker in a statement.
Antonov, himself the chairman of management company Conversgroup, said, “the past months of speculations around me, as an individual investor and my businesses has been exhausting. Clearly this has been a disturbing factor for many of my businesses. Finally we have managed to obtain a clean bill of health and we need to move fast forward to secure the cash flow of Saab Automobile.”
Good news for Spyker, and good news for the long-term survival of our favorite Swedish rally-turbo builders—as long as Antonov stays away from those pesky money-laundering shenanigans with the backup cast of Eastern Promises.