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The Yussupovs / Re: The Yusupov fortune before 1917 - richer than Romanovs?
« on: November 08, 2005, 06:54:03 PM »
"30,00" million is a ridiculous amount. Back to my point ,it was all "Potential" wealth. In Robert K Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra , he writes that Nicholas received 26 million roubles annually which would finish by october due to heavy expenses. "Potentially" tzar was owner of russia and entire russian treasury was his personal property but "actually" it was not so. So the theory that Tzar had billions is not quiet right.
        I can definitely say that romanovs were not the richest family, but i cannot say who were the richest. Sheremetevs, Stroganovs and Demidovs were definitely richer than Yussupovs. But this was in 1700s and 1800s. In 1900s the stroganovs and demidovs had their property divided. I read that Sheremetes were badly in debt. So what i think is that due to the single-heir factor Yussupovs became the richest family "by default". this was on the eve of the revolution. But this is just my opinion.

Russian Noble Families / Counts Sheremetev
« on: November 06, 2005, 06:52:31 PM »
In 1900s, the Sheremetev Palace  (Fountain House) was used as Cultural Center and office of many trusts of Sheremetev Family. Then where did the Sheremetev family live? is there a second Sheremetev palace?

I was reading the book "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert Massie. Alexandra was without doubt the god mother of Russian revolution. Marie Antoinette did not cause french revolution like what Alexandra did. Marie was victim while Alexandra was the villian. After reading the book i have started to hate alexandra.

The Yussupovs / Re: The Yusupov fortune before 1917 - richer than Romanovs?
« on: November 05, 2005, 05:22:18 PM »
I would like to start a discussion on this topic. Were Yussupovs richer than Romanovs. Much has been said about the imperial wealth. However i feel Yussupovs as well as other families were wealthier. To support this argument i would like to put forward the theory of "Potential" and "Actual" which we are taught in Business Management.
        The Romanovs may have had vast estates and jewels but all of this was "Potential" wealth. The Czar could not sell the Winter palace or Catherine palace on will. Similarly the art and jewel collection could not be touched. In contrast the Yusupovs could sell their palaces and art collection (not that they needed to!) on free will. If there is something that you cannot sell then it is not exactly "wealth".
      Tha other factor is that i believe due to heavy expenses like allowances to grand dukes and staff salaries , the privy purse would run out in october itself. In contrast , i believe Yussupovs did not have such heavy expenditure. In addition they had more cash generating assets like businesses and stud farms.
     Thus while Romanovs had more "Potential" wealth , the Yusupovs had more "Actual" Wealth.
     I would like to know opinion of other members on this.

Somewhere i read that palace was badly burnt during revolution and interiors badly damaged. Does anyone know of this incident?

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Alexandria Cottage, at Peterhof
« on: August 04, 2004, 11:16:34 AM »
What is the history of this lovely cottage?

Can anyone please provide me with some information on Nicholas Sheremetiev ?  It must have been a great match, scions of 2 wealthiest families of russia. What did he do for a living?

The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Why Anastasia ??
« on: July 31, 2004, 02:50:23 AM »
This is one question for which I have not found an answer. After the revolution , there were many imposters . Some claiming to be Tatiana , Olga , Marie and even Alexie. Then Why is it that Anastasia was believed to be alive and not others? Why did Anastasia capture the world's imagination? Why did other imposters or claims not get such publicity? Does anyone have answers?

How much would 300 million  be in today's equivalent?

But I think we are moving away from the picture. Tzar may have been the richest but what was the size of yussoupoff fortune? It must have been huge since I have heard about estate on caspian with lots of oil ---- "The Black Gold"

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Konstantinovskiy Palace, at Strelna
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:08:16 AM »
I saw the photos of the newly restored strelna palace and was horrified . They have simply vandalised it. As someone rightly remarked it looked more like Las vegas Casino. It is really sad.

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