Born in Ukraine.
He has been an active supporter of Jewish initiatives in Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Khan contributes to the work of the European Jewish Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at developing European Jewry and promoting tolerance and reconciliation. He is a member of the Russian Jewish Congress. Khan along with Stan Polovets and three fellow Russian Jewish billionaires, Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven, and Alexander Knaster, founded the Genesis Philanthropy Group whose purpose is to develop and enhance Jewish identity among Jews worldwide
The $1-million Genesis Prize to recognize achievements by Jews in the arts, sciences, and other fields will be presented annually by Israel’s prime minister and supported by a $50-million endowment provided by Mikhail M. Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan, members of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.