the Long Term
Our business by numbers
Established in 1986, we have been investing for over three decades.
Our holdings are diverse and global.
Our investment portfolio is valued at more than $35 billion and spans a range of sectors.
Founded by Len Blavatnik
Our company was founded in 1986 by businessman and philanthropist Len Blavatnik. His ability to spot opportunities and invest against the grain has led us to generate consistent returns across an expanding portfolio for more than three decades.
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“He clearly wants to make sure that there is a legacy of philanthropy that he can leave, as well as a legacy of business. He wants to do things that will have enduring impact.”
Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, in the Financial Times
Our holdings are diverse and underpinned by a set of common principles.
A Diverse Portfolio
Our broad footprint across sectors and geographies gives us the ability to be opportunistic in the face of economic disruption.
Our investment leads are experts in their fields, with deep networks and decades of experience. They are empowered to act quickly and be ambitious when they identify an asset with long-term growth potential.
A Long-Term Approach
We are not dependent on external capital and therefore can make long-term investments on businesses that need time and support to reach their potential.
Access and Witkoff Group buy West Chelsea condo project XI and rebrand it the One High Line.
Named for the elevated park nearby, One High Line showcases views of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, and the city skyline. The Bjarke Ingels-designed project will also include New York’s flagship Faena hotel.
Access takes Warner Music Group public, delivering a 14x+ return.
Following years of investment and repositioning to take advantage of the digital transformation, WMG’s IPO was incredibly well received and the company was valued at $18 billion on its first day of trading—up from $3.3 billion when Len Blavatnik bought the company in 2011.
Biotech investment sector is launched.
Invests in transformative therapies for conditions with high unmet needs and that have the potential to meaningfully impact human health.
In 2018, Access closed a $17B take-private acquisition of Calpine.
Calpine is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Acquired in 2018 by Access Industries and a consortium of investors, Calpine has a geographically diverse portfolio with power plants in 22 states, Canada, and Mexico.
Access Entertainment was established to deliver world class content.
Access Entertainment partners with exceptional talent to build fast-growing businesses. The team invests across feature films, television, live theater, the creator economy, gaming, and the visual arts. Access also owns the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
Live sport entertainment platform DAZN is launched.
Now the leading OTT sports entertainment platform offering live and on-demand events, betting, and merchandise, DAZN serves fans in more than 200 countries and territories. The leading destination for top boxing matches worldwide, as well as women's football, boxing, and fight sports, and the NFL Game Pass.
To support the growth of emerging digital and tech brands, Access opens a Technology Ventures division.
Based in San Francisco, the team identifies and supports the growth of foundational technology companies that touch millions of customers across the consumer and enterprise technology ecosystems.
Real Estate investment sector created to broaden investments into the residential, hospitality, and commercial property market.
In 2014, Access acquired the Ocean Club, an iconic property on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Under Access oversight and active asset management, the hotel was transformed into a leading luxury hotel in the Caribbean as a Four Seasons managed resort.
Access acquires leading investment group, Clal Industries, in 2013.
Clal has holdings across a range of sectors with long-term investment horizons, including Israel’s sole cement producer Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises, the Mashav Power Plant, various real estate projects across Israel, prominent fashion retailer the Golf Group, and Tigo Energy, which delivers tech solutions to solar energy professionals. Claltech is the dedicated investment vehicle that supports leading mid- to late-stage Israeli tech companies poised to disrupt their respective industries.
Warner Music Group (WMG) is bought by Access for $3.3 billion in a landmark move to expand into the entertainment industry.
At the core of WMG are four of the leading record labels in history: Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone and Warner Records. Warner Chappell Music is one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than 1.4 million copyrights spanning every musical genre.
Access merges Lyondell Chemical Company and Basell Polyolefins to form LyondellBasell Industries.
The merger of Dutch-based Basell and Houston-based Lyondell created one of the world’s largest independent chemical companies. Access’ decision to increase its investment in the company in 2010 was described by Forbes as “The Greatest Deal in Wall St. History.”
Blavatnik partners with hotelier Alan Faena to build Faena Buenos Aires.
The eclectic 5-star luxury hotel is an urban oasis in the heart of vibrant Puerto Madero. Faena District Buenos Aires has become the city’s hub for design, art, and creativity. Building on that success, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, opens in 2015.
Access acquires a stake in Tyumen Oil (TNK).
Half of TNK was sold to British Petroleum (BP) in 2003 creating TNK-BP. The deal was the single largest foreign investment in post-Communist Russia. Access sold its stake in TNK-BP in 2013.
Access forms aluminum company SUAL, the second-largest aluminum firm in Russia.
In 2007 SUAL merges with Rusal and the alumina assets of Glencore creating United Company Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer. In 2022 Access divested its stake in Rusal--its last major asset in Russia.
Founder Len Blavatnik incorporates holding company Access Industries, based in New York.
Blavatnik emigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1978 when he was 21. He earned a Master’s in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1981 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. He began making strategic and diversified investments around the world.