He started out as the chief engineer for companies like Ryazantrubo Provodstroy Trust and Kuybyshevtrubo Provodstroy Trust. He then worked for Novafininvest. After becoming the manager of the company, he renamed it as Novatek. He is still the the CEO of the company that is involved in oil and gas production, as well as pipeline and roadworks construction. He is also the majority owner of Samara-JSC, a huge bank that was established in 2006.