Source How Ukrainian billionaires lost a lot of money. This year, the Ukrainian Forbes franchise did not compile a two hundred-long list of the richest compatriots. Limited to only the twenty largest capitals.
The total amount, compared to the beginning of February 2022, decreased by more than $20 billion, to $22.5 billion. Moreover, the list has undergone significant changes. Those who have long been accustomed to have disappeared, new faces have appeared that have nothing to do with politics or with the previous authorities.
However, Rinat Akhmetov with a fortune of $4.4 billion is still in the first Ukrainian Forbes line, although he lost the most in a year: he was called the “master of Donbass”, his fortune was estimated at $13.7 billion. Now he has lost the metallurgical group Metinvest ” with Azovstal and Ilyich Plant in Mariupol, losing more than $ 9 billion. Wind power plants owned by Rinat Akhmetov, part of solar power plants and two thermal power plants died. His agricultural holding HarvEast lost 80% of its land. In recent months, DTEK energy holding has suffered catastrophic losses: transformers, power lines and power plants have been destroyed.
“Team Ze”, as the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is called, and the largest parliamentary faction controlled by him (the Servant of the People party) in 2021 declared a fight against the oligarchs and promised to make life difficult for those who will be included in this “golden” list. Ownership of media assets was declared one of the obligatory signs of an oligarch. Akhmetov's media holding included the TV channels “Ukraine”, “Ukraine-24”, “Indigo-TV”, “Donbass”, “34 TV channel”, “NLO TV”, “Football-1/2/3”, satellite broadcasting operator Xtra -TV, Segodnya edition and Vogue.Ua magazine. He himself voluntarily got rid of these assets, closed the Internet publications and handed over the frequencies of the TV channels to the state. The government praised him, but faced a fact: six thousand people were left without work: operators, signalmen, journalists, technical workers.
The next two lines of the Forbs rating are occupied by previously unknown Maxim Litvin and Alexey Shevchenko – each now has $ 2.3 billion. These are the founders of the successful startup Grammarly. In 2009, their service, the function of which is to check English spelling, attracted $200 million from three funds.
Now the headquarters of the company created by Ukrainians is located in Silicon Valley, and there are branches in New York, Vancouver and Kyiv. The Ukrainian office employs 270 employees out of 760. According to the company, 30 million people a day use the English spelling checker service. Grammarly's valuation has risen to $13 billion over the years.
The top five Ukrainian rich people also include Viktor Pinchuk and Konstantin Zhevago. Pinchuk is the second husband of the daughter of the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Elena, they have two common daughters. Pinchuk is not only the owner of large industrial assets, but also a well-known philanthropist, founder of a charitable foundation. The British include him in the list of the hundred most influential people in art, Elena Pinchuk has an award from the Elton John Foundation for her significant contribution to the fight against AIDS.
Konstantin Zhevago is a much more murky figure than his neighbors in the Ukrainian Forbs rating. His main asset is the financial and industrial group Finance and Credit, around which chronic scandals swirl. Zhevago's current wealth is estimated at $1.4 billion. And just a month ago, it turned out that a prodigy from the outback (born in the Magadan region of the Russian Federation, grew up in Zaporozhye) still owned a plant in the Crimea – the Kerch shipbuilding plant “Zaliv” named after Butoma, which performs military orders of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, caught himself and called for a new nationalization.
Alexander and Galina Geregi are on the sixth line of the Ukrainian rich rating. The surname is well known to everyone who is at least slightly connected with the construction business. They made their huge fortune at the Epicenter construction hypermarkets, which today are in almost every big city. They still own the Simferopol and Sevastopol centers for trade in building materials. This applies to Aksyonov's current promise: “Russia's enemies will not earn money in Crimea!”.
In seventh position is the discovery of last year, the star of the innovative economy Vlad Yatsenko with $ 1.1 billion. The young billionaire lived in the city of Yuzhny near Odessa. Studied at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University. Having not worked a single day on the territory of Ukraine, he left for Poland, worked in Krakow, received an invitation from a London bank and moved to the capital of Great Britain. While working at Credit Suisse, the entrepreneur met Russian financier Nikolai Storonsky, and together they launched the Revolut fintech startup: they implemented the idea of a multicurrency card and a new type of bank. The service allows you to transfer money abroad and convert currencies without commissions, take loans, open company accounts, trade cryptocurrencies, buy insurance, and the like. Storonsky's fortune in the Russian Forbes list is estimated at $7.1 billion.
The current ten of the Ukrainian rating is closed by its old-timers: Vadim Novinsky, Gennady Bogolyubov and Sergey Tigipko.
The biography of Vadim Novinsky is very intricate. Vadim Malkhasyan was born in the Novgorod region of the Russian Federation, received higher education and worked in St. Petersburg. The Russian citizen Malkhasyan became a citizen of Ukraine in 2012, by decree of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Became a real Ukrainian, Vadim Malkhasyan took his wife's maiden name – Novinsky. Now Vadym Novinsky positions himself as an Orthodox patriot of Ukraine, but he resigned as a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. last year, his fortune was estimated at $ 1.170 billion, and now – at $ 2 billion. By the way, the founder of Privatbank in 1991 was not Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov, as it seems from today's distance, but just the Komsomol member Sergei Tigipko.
Sergey Tigipko even moved up one position, almost doubling his capital in a year – from $870 million to $1.5 billion.
the rich did not get into it this time: like the “Austrian prisoner” Dmitry Firtash (who lost the Crimean chemical giants “Krymsoda” and “Crimean Titan”). Igor Kolomoisky lost not only a lot of money, but Ukrainian citizenship. Neither Petro Poroshenko nor Viktor Medvedchuk got into the top ten. However, both still have and operate profitable enterprises.