31 Mar '18, 12am

The Russian risk takers at home in safe Singapore

The Russian risk takers at home in safe Singapore

At the entrance to the headquarters of global data protection firm Acronis, located in downtown Singapore, there is a life-size cardboard cut-out of Serguei Beloussov – the company’s founder and chief executive. In the world of tech, the Russian-born entrepreneur is something of a celebrity. He built Acronis into a billion-dollar IT empire with offices in 18 countries. The firm also partners Formula One teams Scuderia Toro Rosso and Williams Martini Racing, its logo emblazoned on their racing cars. But few know the burly, blue-eyed boss is, in fact, Singaporean. “I have always wanted to be part of a country that is politically stable, focused on knowledge building and developing its economy in a non-invasive way,” says the 47-year-old, who became a Singaporean in 2001. “When you say you are Singaporean, you get a neutral reaction because the country is not politically aggr...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/business/article/2139635/me...

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