Herman Gref was born on February 8, 1964, in the village of Panfilovo, Irtysh District, in the Pavlodar Region of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.
1990: graduated from the Law Faculty at Omsk State University, specializing in Jurisprudence. He also holds a PhD in Economics.
19911992: legal counsel, category 1, for the Committee for Economic Development and Property of the Administration for Petrodvorets and St. Petersburg.
1992: appointed head of the Petrodvorets District Agency of the Committee for the Management of Municipal Property, St. Petersburg Mayors Office.
19921994: Chairman of the Property Management Committee, Deputy Head of Petrodvorets Administration.
1994: became Vice-Chairman and then Senior Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Management of Municipal Property, St. Petersburg Mayors Office.
19971998: Deputy Governor, Chairman of the Committee for the Management of Municipal Property, St. Petersburg Mayors Office.
19982000: Senior Deputy Minister for State Property of the Russian Federation.
20002007: Minister for Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation.
Since November 2007: CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of OAO Sberbank of Russia.
Awarded orders «For Merit to the Fatherland», 3rd and 4th degrees, Order of Honour, order of Alexander Nevsky, the P.A. Stolypin medal, 2nd degree, the order of Faithful Saint Prince Daniil Moskovsky, 1st degree, the Certificate of Merit and Gratitude from the President of the Russian Federation.
He was awarded the highest French distinction, and was made an Officer of the Légion dhonneur.
For special achievements in the banking sector and his personal contribution to the development of Sberbank, he was awarded the Golden Sign of Sberbank of Russia.