Russian billionaire to buy Valley of the Temples?

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Russian billionaire to buy Valley of the Temples?

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Italian newspapers reported on Saturday that a Russian metals mogul wants to buy the ruins of Sicily’s Valley of the Temples.

Mikhail Prokhorov, who’s thought to be worth about 14 billion euros, has yet to confirm his interest.

The seven incredible Greek Doric structures were built around 450 BC. The area was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997.

“It’s not for sale”, said Marco Zambuto, the Mayor of Agrigento, a small town on the south coast of Sicily where the temples’ ruins sit.

“Not even for 40 billion,” (which analysts say may be enough to save Italy’s finances.) “But if he was to make a contribution to the upkeep of this site, now that would be a different matter,” added Zambuto.

Prokhorov is known for financing many philanthropic activities.

The 46-year-old has also confirmed he’s planning to run in this year’s presidential elections in Russia as an independent candidate.