Natalia Yaresko

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  • Name: Natalia Yaresko ( Natalie Ann Jaresko )
  • Date of birth: 24 April 1965
  • Age: 51 years
  • Place of birth: Elhorst, USA
  • Activity: Finance Minister, millionaire, entrepreneur, co-founder and former Director of the investment company Horizon Capital
  • Marital status: Divorced

    Natalia Yaresko: biography

    Natalia Yaresko – known Ukrainian politician, who was in the state apparatus of the country after a coup in Ukraine. It is considered one of the most influential political figures in the Cabinet of Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Minister of Finance she is the guarantor of successful cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities and Western counterparts in financial matters which are very important for Ukraine in terms of political and economic crisis. Thanks Yaresko Ukraine was able to restructure the country’s external debt from international creditors, after which experts began to prophesy to her Prime Minister. But not all support the policy of the Minister of Finance of Ukraine as for her «success» of the complete collapse of the Ukrainian state, which after achievements Yaresko can never become independent of the West.

    Born Yaresko Natalia 24 APR 1965 in an affluent Western suburb of Chicago Schmerse the son of Ukrainian migrants who moved to the United States during the Second world war. Her father was a native of Poltava, and his mother – from Ivano-Frankivsk. Since the birth of the future Minister of Finance of Ukraine raised in the «Patriotic» spirit – she attended Russian school, studied Ukrainian culture and traditions, he learned to play on the national musical instruments such as the bandura and vocal training.

    In 1979 Yaresko enrolled in a public high school Addison Trail High School, and upon graduation became a student of a private University de Paul, with which in 1987 came out with a bachelor of science in accounting. Having points of economic Sciences, Natalia decided not to stop there and enrolled in the School of public management.John F. Kennedy school of government at Harvard University, where specialists in the field of political science, economic development and public administration.

    In 1989, the future businesswoman received a master’s degree in public policy, defending a thesis on the topic of the Soviet Union and its eventual membership in the WTO (at the time of the world trade organization had the acronym GATT and stood for the General agreement on tariffs and trade). This thesis has set the key direction career Jaresko, which has more than 25 years of experience in economic issues, their historic homeland.

    Politics and business

    Political career of Natalia Yaresko started in 1989, the U.S. state Department, where she worked in the economic division of the Soviet Union. After three years in the period of the collapse of the Soviet Union, she was sent to Ukraine to head of the economic Department of the Embassy of the United States. Even then, the future Minister of Finance paid special attention to reform in the Ukrainian state, but was left disappointed in Ukrainian politics, which, according to her, was dormant strategists.

    At the end of the term of the contract in 1995, Jaresko was asked to return to Washington for another government job, but she decided to stay in Ukraine and go with American public service, devoting himself to investment activities. In this field the economist has achieved considerable success – after posts of regional Manager in the direct investment Fund Western NIS Enterprise Fund Natalia headed «WNISEF».

    In 2006 she was able to create and lead the investment company Horizon Capital with the registered capital of 132 million dollars. In 2008, Ukraine has launched a second investment Fund with a volume of USD 370 million, leaving under its authority also «WNISEF».

    In that period in the hands of the future Minister of Finance of Ukraine was concentrated more than 650 million dollars invested in its funds of European and American investors. More than half of them, namely almost 400 million was invested in the development of Ukrainian business and also invested in the Russian, Moldovan and Belarusian companies.

    Despite an active business career, Jaresko had not gone far from politics. During the «orange revolution» and after it she was a member of the Advisory Council on foreign investment under President Viktor Yushchenko, and was also a member of the Committee of the Ukrainian centre for foreign investment promotion under the Cabinet.

    Ministerial portfolio Natalia Yaresko received in 2014, her candidacy for the post of Finance Minister was offered by the mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy, presenting its new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as a true patriot of the country, a perfect master of all disappointing the Ukrainian realities.

    The candidacy of Natalia Ivanovna for the position of head of the Ministry of Finance approved the new Ukrainian government, which was created after the coup d’etat in the country. 2 Feb 2014 Jaresko as well as other newly elected Ukrainian Ministers of foreign origin, such as aivaras Abromavicius, and Aleksandr Kvitashvili, has received Ukrainian citizenship and became part of the Cabinet.

    The Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalia Jaresko are engaged in issues of economic crisis in the country. She conducts negotiations with foreign investors and creditors, and also solves the issues related to external debt of the country.

    Main duties Jaresko at the head of the Ministry of Finance is the tax reform in the country and the adoption of the budget for each financial year. During his activities as a member of the «forces of reform», managed to make several important proposals that were endorsed by colleagues. In particular, Natalia suggested changes in public sector Finance, a number of key tax amendments to eradicate corruption in the country, and initiated the decentralization of the budget.

    Personal life

    Personal life Natalia Yaresko not as successful as her career in politics and business, but the Finance Minister conceals it from prying eyes. It is known that in the early 90s she came to Ukraine with her husband, Ihor Figlus, which in their Homeland had begun life anew. The couple already on the Ukrainian territory had two daughters – Daria and Christina who are studying today in the Pechersk international school in Kiev.

    In 2010, for unknown reasons, Natalie Jaresko, has filed for divorce from her husband, who in addition to her life partner played the role of a business partner being a co-founder of the investment Fund Horizon Capital. According to media reports, the Finance Minister managed to sue the husband all marital property, including a country house with an area of about 1300 square meters, with a lot of rare furniture, Antiques, sculptures, paintings and a collection of carpets for the sum almost 500 thousand dollars. Not stopping there, Natalia has also denied the ex-husband’s parental rights for failure to pay child support. Between the ex-spouses are still ongoing litigation on the division of property and custody of children.


    The Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalia Yaresko during 2014 declared official income in the amount of almost 39 thousand UAH and 2.1 million dollars, which came to her from abroad. She also owns 2 land plots with a total area of 9.6 thousand square meters, apartment is 120 sq. m. of Her minor daughter for 2014 earned 28 thousand dollars. Owned by the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine is the car Jeep Grand Cherokee 2002 issue.


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