Mikhail Prokhorov inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame

Mikhail Prokhorov inducted

Mikhail Prokhorov was inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame by the Canadian website ShalomLife.com. AP Photo.

Mikhail Prokhorov inducted into Jewish Hall of Fame by Canadian website

Shalom Life, launched in 2009 and Canada’s largest independent Jewish news source dedicated to culture and life, routinely inducts people into its Jewish Hall of Fame and this week it has chosen Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov as its inductee.

Here is a brief excerpt from ShalomLife.com’s announcement:

Born on May 3rd, 1965, in Moscow Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov would one day go from being upper middle class in a Russian Jewish household, to the Brooklyn Nets owning billionaire that he is today. Born to Dimitri and Tamara Prokhorov, a lawyer and a materials engineer respectively, Prokhorov was raised alongside his older sister Irina. His father traveled abroad frequently for work, however his mother stayed fairly close to home during her career.


In 2010, having made some choice investments after his departure from Norilsk Nickel, Prokhorov became the primary owner of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclay’s Centre (the team’s arena). In doing so, he became the first non-North American team owner in the National Basketball Association and, due to his stature (he stands at 6’8″) also the tallest. With that height, he should be playing basketball, not watching it.

Prokhorov is also currently involved in politics, having campaigned against Vladimir Putin in the 2012 elections and surprised the country by getting an unexpected almost 10% of the votes.

As of 2014, according to Forbes, he’s currently worth an estimated $10.5 billion.

With Prokhorov inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame, I’m not sure what to make of this. I have never heard of ShalomLife.com before, heck, I didn’t even know Prokhorov was Jewish, and their announcement is hilarious. This is how it opened:

Since the dawn of time, Jewish people have contributed greatly to various fields, from sports to entertainment to politics to porn.

That opening statement, “since the dawn of time,” is very funny to me for some reason. Also, Jewish people have three thousand years of beautiful tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax so I guess I’m wondering why they put an importance on porn? I guess you have to take the honors as they come. Congrats to Prokhorov on this achievement. I’m sure his life is complete now.

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