Russian billionaire, corporate leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor and Jewish leader, Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor is well-respected all around the world. His resume of corporate achievements is rather impressive and begins with the fall of the Soviet Union up till now. He is involved in a number of international initiatives that deal with the complex and timely issues of reconciliation and complex.
Kantor is vehemently against nuclear proliferation and also actively participates in global discussions about ways of preventing nuclear catastrophes. In contrast with his peers, Mr. Moshe Kantor prefers to work diligently and quietly and has managed to acquire significant influence and assets in the international marketplace.
He is the head and founder of a number of well-known advocacy committees and organizations. Kantor is the President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), President and co-founder of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, founder and chairman of the European Jewish Fund (EJF) and also President and co-founder of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). He also holds leadership positions in World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the World Holocaust Forum Federation (WHFF).
Kantor is also an art collector and he primarily purchases the works done by Russian artists of Jewish background. He has bought paintings of Russian conceptualists such as Grisha Bruskin, Erik Bulatov and Ilya Kabakov as well as School of Paris painters including Chaim Soutine and Marc Chagall. In 2001, Kantor founded the Moscow’s Museum of Avant-Garde Mastery and most of his collection can be found there.
He is outspoken against racism and has held the position of President of the EJC since 2007 through which he represents around 3 billion Jews who are living across Europe. His passionate work in the areas of racism and tolerance has won him many awards and honors, which include the Order of Friendship and Order of Honour (2016).