Russian billionaire physicist Valentin Gapontsev has died in the United States at the age of 82. Forbes was informed about this by the scientist’s son Denis Gapontsev.
The cause of death of the billionaire is not yet known. For the past few years, he has been battling cancer.
Valentin Gapontsev was one of the first entrepreneurs in the field of laser physics and technology. The IPG Photonics company he founded is the largest manufacturer of industrial lasers in the world with a market capitalization of $ 8.9 billion. Gapontsev was ranked 54th in the Forbes list of the richest Russians with a fortune of $ 2.8 billion.