Born on March 9, 1958 in the Town of Tselinograd, Kazakh SSR, in a large family.
Finished secondary school in 1975.
For widespread charitable aid to religious organizations, war veterans, orphanages, educational and cultural organizations Mikhail Gutseriev has been awarded with order signs, diplomas and letters of gratitude from President of the Russian Federation, President of the Belarus Republic, Patriarch of All Russia, Chairman of Russia Muftis Council, Chief Rabbi of Russia and Jewish Communities Federation leaders, officials of a number of Russian regions, leaders of some state, public and power organizations of this country.
Mikhail Safarbekovich is the author of five monographs and a series of science publications on the problems of free trade zones and offshore business in Russia.
He is the founder of a number of public and charitable organizations.
Mikhail Safarbekovich is a master of sports in decathlon.
He plays the violin and the piano, writes verses, likes to paint.
Has a good command of English.