foir print

19.09.2007

Center-Invest: southern champion with a social conscience

"If Moscow is the centre of Russia, then the south is the pearl." That's the mantra that Vasily Vysokov, chairman of Bank Center-Invest, likes to chant about the Krasnodar Krai federal district where his bank is the pre-eminent private sector player. As a native of Rostov-on-Don where Center-Invest is headquartered, he's clearly biased in his opinion of his home region but there's no denying the fact that he and his wife Tatiana, who founded the bank back in 1992, have built a successful banking franchise that has propelled Center-Invest into the top 150 banks in Russia.