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"How to be a Russian oligarch": Stephen Colbert sits down with Mikhail Prokhorov outside Moscow

It's "Russia Week" on "The Late Show" so Colbert found someone with one of the cushiest jobs in the world


Taylor Link
July 20, 2017 12:04PM (UTC)

"The Late Show" is countering the White House's "Made in America Week" with one of their own, themed weeks. Stephen Colbert recently went to Moscow where he filmed some field pieces for "Russia Week." He had the opportunity to meet one of the world's wealthiest people on the trip, Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, known in the U.S. for being the owner of the Brooklyn Nets.

Prokhorov invited Colbert to meet with him at his mansion outside Moscow. Colbert has made clear throughout the week that he did not feel very safe during his visit to Russia, and that anxiousness came out in his interview with Prokhorov.

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"Tell me how to oligarch," Colbert said to start the interview. "And is that an OK term for you? Nothing negative about the term 'oligarch' for you, is there?"

"It's a bad word," Prokhorov answered candidly.

"Is it offensive to you that I use the term 'oligarch?' I want to get out of here with all of my toes," Colbert said somewhat jokingly.

"The Late Show" host went through a list of things he assumed a Russian billionaire would own: a yacht, an exotic pet, a jet.

While Prokhorov said he owned a jet, he admitted that he had no idea where it was at the moment.

"Just a piece of advice for you. Don't be attached to things. Be free," Prokhorov told the comedian.

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Later in the interview, Colbert noted that Prokhorov was single.

"Have you just not found the right girl, and 19 of her friends?" Colbert asked.

The Russian oligarch said it was not that easy. Colbert suggested that he tried the dating app, Tinder. The late-night host set up a profile for Prokhorov.

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The oligarch's bio: "I made my fortune mining, but I haven't found my gem."


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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