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Russian billionaire: 'I just bet $100 million on Apple'

Alisher Usmanov known for his successful investment in Facebook in 2009.

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Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska (L) and Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov attend a session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 on January 23, 2013 at the Swiss resort of Davos. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

While Apple was crashing, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov was buying.

He told Bloomberg he bought $100 million worth of Apple as it fell, though he didn't specify where he bought in.

He explained the investment, saying, "I believe in the future of this company even after Steve Jobs ... When the company lost $100 billion of its market value, it was a good time to buy its shares, as the capitalization should rebound."

He also said, "for the next three years I believe Apple is a very promising investment, especially given large dividend payments and buybacks."

Usmanov is well-known in the tech industry for investing in Facebook when it was valued at $6.5 billion in 2009. That investment netted him a $1.4 billion return, according to Bloomberg.

Apple's stock, which had been getting wrecked, appears to be making a slow comeback now that investors have digested all the news from its earnings report.

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