Rustam Minnikhanov was born on March 1, 1957 in the Novyi Arysh village of the Rybno-Slobodsky District in the Tatar ASSR.
He graduated from Kazan Agricultural Institute in 1978 as mechanical engineer and from Correspondence Institute of Soviet Trade (Moscow) as a commodity expert in 1986.
He is a doctor of economic sciences.
1978-1980 - engineer in the Saby District Association of Selkhoztekhnika
1980-1983 - senior engineer and chief power engineer in the Saby timber industry enterprise
1983-1985 - deputy chairman of the District Consumer Society Board
1985-1990 - chairman of the District Consumer Society Board in the Arsk District
1990-1992 - chairman of the Arsk District Executive Committee
1992-1993 - first deputy head of the Arsk District Administration
1993-1996 - head of the Vysokaya Gora District
1996-1998 - minister of finance of the Republic of Tatarstan
In 1998, Rustam Minnikhanov was appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan
From March 25, 2010 - President of the Republic of Tatarstan
From March 24, 2015 - Acting President of the Republic of Tatarstan
From September 18, 2015 - President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Married, one son.
Keen on motor sport. Honoured Master of Sports.