Petro Poroshenko. Biography

Born on 26 September 1965 in the city of Bolgrad (Odessa region).

1982 – 1989  Kyiv State University named after T. Shevchenko, faculty of international relations and international law, diploma with merits, specialty: economist-specialist in international affairs.

1989- 1992 Post-graduate studies and assistant at the Chair for international economic research, Kyiv State University named after T. Shevchenko.

1993 – 1998 Director General, Private Joint Stock Company “Ukrprominvest” (group of enterprises).

1998 – 2002  People’s Deputy (Member of the Parliament) of Ukraine, Head of the Subcommittee, Finance and Banking Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine.

1999 Member, the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

2000 – 2002 Head of the Solidarnist’ (Solidarity) faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, III convocation.

2000-2004  Deputy Head, Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

2002-2005  People’s Deputy of Ukraine (IV convocation), Chairman, Budget Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

In 2002 he successfully defended thesis entitled “Legal Regulation of State Corporate Rights Management in Ukraine”, obtaining Ph.D. in law. He is the author of the monograph “State Corporate Rights Management in Ukraine. Theory of Establishment of Legal Relations” and of a number of scientific publications, as well as the co-author of a text-book on contemporary international economic relations.

2005  Secretary, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

2006  People’s Deputy of Ukraine (V convocation), Chairman, Finance and Banking Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

February, 2007  Elected Head of the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

October 2009 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Awards: Honoured economist of Ukraine, Order “For Merits” II and III classes, received State Prize in the field of science and technology.

Author of the numerous publications and monographs, laureate of the Pylyp Orlyk International Prize, People’s Deputy of Ukraine (III, IV, V convocations).

Honorary professor at the University of Banking of National Bank.

Married with two sons and two daughters.

via poroshenko.com.ua

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Biography of Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov is a Ukrainian businessman and politician, owner and president of SCM Holdings, the president of the Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk.

21 September 1966 – Rinat Akhmetov was born on  in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR to a Tatar working-class family – his father was a coal-miner.   
1995 – Akhmetov founded Donetsk City Bank and became its head.
1996 – he became the president of the football team, FC Shakhtar and has held this post since then.
2001 – he graduated from Donetsk National University with a degree in marketing.
2000 – Akhmetov founded System Capital Management Group (SCM), and it has grown to be one of Ukraine’s leading financial and industrial firms with revenues of $8.151 billion in 2009.
Since March 2004 Rinat Akhmetov has been the president of SCM.

In Forbes’ 2011 Ukrainian rating Rinat Akhmetov has an estimated fortune of $16 billion.
Since the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary election Akhmetov is a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) for the Party of Regions.
Akhmetov is involved with charities and philanthropies that are often humanitarian, and often to support causes that assist Ukrainian citizens.
In 2005 he founded the Foundation for Development of Ukraine which is to  eliminate the roots of social problems in Ukraine.
In 2007, Akhmetov founded the Foundation for Effective Governance to support economic development of Ukraine. In 2008 Akhmetov donated $29 million to charity, making him the No.1 in a list of top ten businessmen who donated for charity in 2009.

Awards and recognitions:
2001 – Ukrainian national award “Priznaniye” (Recognition) for a significant contribution to philanthropy
2006 – the title of the Honorary citizen of Donetsk
2008 – Donetsk Citizens Recognition Prize in the nomination “Caring for the future”
1999 – Honored Worker in Physical Culture and Sports
Full Chevalier of the Order of Merit (1 class in 2006, 2 class in 2004, 3 class in 2002)
Chest Badge “Miner’s Glory” of 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes Golden medals of Ukrainian football Championship (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)
2007 – Pakistan civilian award Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan)
2010 – Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th class

He is married to Liliya Smirnova with two sons: Almir Akhmetov (1997) and Damir Akhmetov (1988)