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Rich, smart, and — apparently — sexy: Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh is GQ Russia’s man of the year

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Serial entrepreneur. Two successful exits. A degree in applied mathematics. Chief executive of the Russia’s top search engine. Leader of an $8 billion company with more than double Google’s share of searches. And … dead sexy.

Well, at least in the business sense.

Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh has been chosen as GQ Russia’s Businessman of the Year … and Man of the Year. Volozh will adorn the coveted GQ cover which has previously featured supermodel Natalia Vodianova, actor Tom Cruise, and male heartthrob Ryan Gosling.

They do say that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Yandex is the “Russian Google” and has seen a 24 percent gain in its stock price this year. Its search market share in Russia is close to Google’s in the U.S., at 60 percent, which the company credits to its deep understanding of Russian language, culture, and web users.

Building on its success, Yandex is planning to come out with its own web browser in late 2012, and it’s reportedly working with Apple on iOS6 maps — and will potentially replace Google as the default search engine in mobile Safari.

A little more star power courtesy GQ Russian certain can’t hurt.

Image credit: GQ Russia

Hat tip: Quintura