Konstantin Strukov started as a coal miner in 1980. After 7 years he switched to gold mining, first as engineer and then as the top executive.
Strukov moved to Russia in 1993 and started copper mining. In 1995 he rented a gold mine near Chelyabinsk from former soviet giant Uzhuralzolo.
In 1997 Strukov headed the whole Uzhuralzoloto, which was on the verge of bankruptcy. He restructured the debts and then bought up its key assets.
Strukov started investing in coal mining in 2013, and now has coal deposits exceeding 100 million tons.