Ukraine-born Pinchuk’s recent US newspaper column urging Kiev to take a more diplomatic approach with Russia may not warm everyone’s hearts in his homeland, but he has a big fan in the White House. Donald Trump said: "Victor is a very, very special man, a special entrepreneur. When he was up seeing me I said, 'I think I can learn more from you than you can learn from me’." Modern art collector Pinchuk, 56, runs EastOne Group, a London-based international investment adviser. Last year he settled a $2bn UK court case against Igor Kolomoisky and Henadiy Boholyubov (qv) over the disputed ownership of an iron ore mine.