Who is Yuri Shefler?
He is a shareholder and founder of the SPI Group. He was born in September 1967. He is married to Tatiana Kovylina, they have 3 children.
SPI Group is a leading spirits company. And one of the most important drinks groups in the world.
After leaving the Russian army in September 1987, Shefler studied at the Russian Academy of Economy. Before starting a business career which has included running one of Moscow`s leading shopping malls and heading Vnukovo Airlines.
Shefler had a vision of building an integrated spirits business. Controlling everything from production to distribution and sales. Through a series of deals, he added distilleries. And a retail network in Russia and the Baltic states. And he developed an international distribution arm.
The superyacht Serene was built for Yuri Shefler (his name is sometimes spelled as Yuri Schefler).
In 1997 he bought a company that became the heart of what has grown into SPI today. One of the famous brands of SPI is the Vodka Stolichnaya.
SPI now operated in over 160 markets and distributes around 400 brands. There are some legal issues with the State of Russia, about the ownership of the Stolichnaya brand.
Real Estate Development
SPI is also active in real estate development, they developed the Moscow International Business Centre – or Moscow City, a US$ 12 billion project.
One of their current projects is Z-Towers, a residential complex in Riga, Latvia.
Yuri Shefler Net Worth
His net worth is estimated at US$ 2 billion.
Since the Shefler family sold Serene, they charter yachts now. In the summer of 2019, they chartered the brand new Lurssen yacht TIS for 2 weeks.