Yuri graduated from university in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research in quantum field theory, before going to the United States to study at Wharton School of Business.
After becoming convinced that internet was the future of investment, Yuri founded Mail.ru Group in 1999; and under his leadership it became one of Europe’s leading internet companies.
He took the firm public in 2010 and founded DST Global to focus on global internet investments. DST Global became one of the world’s leading technology investors, with a portfolio that has included some of the world's most prominent internet companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, and others. Yuri lives in Silicon Valley with his family.