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Igor Kolomoisky: a biography
Igor Kolomoisky is one of the most famous and richest people in Ukraine, which is now considered a promising politician in the country. He actively participates in the renewal of the Ukrainian state, has won a mixed reaction from the General public. In addition, the businessman is the founder of the largest financial and industrial company «Privat» with a huge scope of activities in the metals, banking and refinery sectors. In this sector, «Private» includes media, sports, food industry and agricultural sector.
Born Kolomoisky Igor Valerievich, February 13, 1963 in the capital of one of the most promising today the Ukrainian regions of Dnepropetrovsk, in a Jewish family. His parents worked as engineers on the city-forming enterprises – the mother Institute «Promstroyproekt», and his father worked at the local steel plant. Since childhood, the future billionaire has shown itself to be purposeful, serious and studious child, where everything from the neighbors, ending with teachers predicting a bright future.
Kolomoyskyi graduated from the local school No. 21, he was a straight-a student in all subjects. In addition to school of Sciences Igor was fond of sports, especially football, chess. Having a diploma, a future businessman is without difficulty entered the Dnepropetrovsk metallurgical Institute, of which a chartered engineer and was on the distribution to the project organization. As an engineer-Metallurgist, the future billionaire has been long – since 1988, he’s with his friends Gennady Bogolubov and Alexei Martynov decided to go into business, which was able to achieve brilliant results and «put together» a mighty Empire in Ukraine.
Business Igor Kolomoisky started in the period of the collapse of the USSR, when on the ruins of a Republic could get in «their jet» without substantial investment. Then, the future oligarch founded the company «Sentosa», which engaged in the resale of the goods which included office equipment, consumer goods, and oil and ferro-alloys. For several years a successful entrepreneur managed to earn my first million, which he invested in business development.
In 1992 he and his partner founded the «PrivatBank», whose founders are four companies, but a significant percentage of the shares were in the hands of Kolomoisky. Later, the private Bank has grown into a big and mighty Empire under the name «Private», the assets of which consist of at least 100 large enterprises of Ukraine and the world.
The most significant assets of the company Igor Kolomoisky «Ukrnafta», Nikopol, Zaporizhia and Stakhanov Ferroalloy plants, oil refinery Neftekhimik, Kryvyi Rih iron ore plant, ivakoany «AeroSvit» and the media holding «1+1 media». The «Privat» oligarch is the largest banking institution of Ukraine, it has over 22 million customers in 12 countries.
In addition to domestic enterprises, the business Kolomoisky is widely distributed in the territories of the West. Ukrainian oligarch of Jewish origin has a stake in Central European Media Enterprises, a British oil and gas company JKX Oil & Gas», and also owns leading television broadcasters in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia. Also in the asset Igor V. there are a few dozen of the world’s offshore companies, most of which are located in Cyprus.
Public and political activity of Igor Kolomoysky in recent years has been based exclusively within the framework of protecting the interests «of the United Jewish community of Ukraine», which he chaired in 2008. But in early 2014 he managed to achieve the highest levels of Ukrainian government and become the Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. Then he promised not to do their business and completely immersed in politics, which never happened.
Governor Kolomoisky was in the period of the coup d’état in Ukraine, when came to power Petro Poroshenko, politics is not consistent with the interests of the Ukrainian oligarch. Then on the East of the country armed conflict began among the population of Lugansk and Donetsk regions with the new Kiev government. After the signing of the law on the introduction of ATO in the Donbass, Kolomoisky took an active part in organizing, sponsoring and control of the special operation in the South-Eastern region of the country, as there are more focused all its steel assets.
A year between Kolomoisky and Poroshenko there was a conflict centered around the company «Ukrnafta», 50% owned by the state. Ukrainian oligarch with armed gunmen, and loud threats of the government trying to protect their business interests, for which he received a reprimand for violation of professional ethics.
In March 2015, the Ukrainian head has signed the decree about resignation Kolomoisky Governor’s office, after which the billionaire said that quitting politics and will be engaged in the business of his life.
Despite your bad experience in the political arena, Igor Kolomoisky was and still is the financial backer of many political figures who are helping to get to power. True «landmarks» of an oligarch rather contradictory and changing – first he actively supported the «Orange revolution» and her countrywoman Yulia Tymoshenko, then in the person of Viktor Yushchenko saw the caring leader of the country. However, he and the new government has found allies, not relying on a specific person.
Kolomoisky is actively supporting the «Freedom» and its leader Oleg Tyagnibok, investing millions in the development of this political force, which carries a pronounced nationalist struggle in Ukraine. At the same time he includes the Regiment of national protection of Dnepropetrovsk region, is sponsoring the volunteer police battalions and «Right sector», spending $ 10 million per month. Moreover, he introduced a campaign to detain members of the self-proclaimed DND and LNB, every member of which has promised a reward of 10 thousand dollars.
Also Igor Kolomoisky sponsors the development of Ukrainian football, a fan of which he is since childhood. He now heads the football club «Dnepr» and Vice-President of the football Federation of Ukraine. In 2008, the money of the oligarch in the Dnipropetrovsk stadium was built on a «Arendar», the construction of which took about 45 million euros.
In early 2014, Igor Kolomoisky and is the current head of the Ukrainian interior Ministry Arsen Avakov, the Russian insurance was filed in the international search. Oligarch official suspect in the murder, kidnapping, obstruction of lawful journalistic activities and the use of prohibited methods of warfare, which they used in all stages of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Now investigators in Russia are still collected evidence base committed by the Ukrainian oligarch crimes, so can’t arrest Kolomoisky.
Personal life Igor Kolomoisky for society is «a mystery» as a business tycoon. It is known that in 20 years, the future billionaire married to a girl Irina, which lives for more than 30 years. The wife of Igor Kolomoisky since the beginning of 2000, the year resides in Geneva. In the family of a billionaire, has two grown children, Gregory and Angelica, who are citizens of other countries.
At the same time and he Igor has three citizenship – Israeli, Cypriot and Ukrainian, which is contrary to the legislation of Ukraine. But he considers himself a law-abiding citizen and international businessman. His children according to «Correspondent» include the top ten Top richest heirs in their accounts is already at 3.3 billion dollars.
In addition to business, politics, the army and the football Igor Kolomoisky enjoys reading, preferring biographies of famous military leaders, dictators and politicians.
State Igor Kolomoisky in 2015 is estimated at 1.4 billion dollars, 400 million less than in 2014. While accurate information on the possessions and property tycoon is not. On a post of the Governor of Dnepropetrovsk, he, of course, have filed a formal Declaration of income, where declared about 700 million hryvnia, 516 of which occurred in interest and dividends.
It is also known that the billionaire owns a luxury Villa in Switzerland, located on 1.5 hectares of land of the coast of lake Geneva. While most of the time Kolomoisky lives in Dnepropetrovsk, as it is a concentration of his business the assets of the company, any production decisions to discuss directly with him personally.