Biography of Petro PoroshenkoThe life path of Petro Alekseevich Poroshenko raises many questions among people of the post-Soviet space. He is a controversial political figure, the son of an accountant and engineer, a Soviet businessman, a «chocolate» oligarch, a politician, and the president of Ukraine.
Childhood and familyPetro Poroshenko was born on September 26, 1965, in the town of Bolgrad, Odessa region, in the family of a specialist in agricultural machinery Alexei Ivanovich and bookkeeper Evgenia Sergeevna Poroshenko. Familiar families remembered Petro as a short, polite and sympathetic child who was fond of sweets. The family did not live in poverty, while the father kept his sons with an iron fist.
Petro had a senior brother Mikhail who was 7 years older. He was one of the founders of the enterprise "Ukrprominvest", who died in August 1997 under mysterious circumstances. The media featured a variety of versions: from a banal accident to a contract murder.
Education of Petro PoroshenkoIn the graduate class, it was the hard to choose for a young man between the career of a diplomat and the profession of a sailor. As a result, he immediately entered the two universities: MGIMO and Kiev State University of Shevchenko (Faculty of International Relations and Law). He gave preference to the second one. It is interesting that he befriended with Mikhail Saakashvili at the university. Petro was fond of freestyle wrestling and judo and deserved the title of master of sports.
Business of Petro PoroshenkoPetro was interested in business since his studies at university. In the late 80's, he created a cooperative along with classmates. A company was specializing in sales of cocoa beans. Some Poroshenko’s classmates argue that the first venture of Petro was a video store, which provided super-profit due to video tapes with latest Hollywood movies. Many of his classmates remember how Petro became the owner of the «Volga» at the last year. A student with a personal car seemed at that time like something incredible.
The money from the sale of cocoa enabled him to buy up a number of confectionery enterprises close to bankruptcy. They were later united in the ROSHEN concern and today it's known as the largest producer of sweets in Ukraine. The name was invented by his wife: «Po Roshen-Co». Ironically, but Poroshenko himself does not eat his produce as he has diabetes.
After he became the «chocolate king» of Ukraine, Poroshenko began to invest in the domestic car industry, including the «Lutsk Automobile Plan»t and the holding company «Bogdan». He also owns the «Fifth Channel» (the third most popular channel of Ukrainian television) and the shipyard of «Leninskaya KuznyaPlant». In 2017, his fortune was estimated at $858 million.
Poroshenko`s political careerIn 1998, Poroshenko received a deputy mandate of the United Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine (SDPUO). He dedicated the faction two years. Then Poroshenko left after realizing that Viktor Medvedchuk and GrigorySurkis took the dominant positions in the party instead of Poroshenko's supporters Leonid Kravchuk and VasilyOnopenko. Having left the SDPU, he founded his own Solidarity Party.
In 2005, he was a secretary of the National Security Council but resigned due to scandalous events. He and his team, including Nikolay Martynenko, Alexander Tretyakov, and David Zhvania, were accused of corruption and propaganda of personal interests.
The President of UkraineAfter the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine, extraordinary presidential elections were held. On May 25, 2014, Ukrainians were to vote for one of the 23 candidates, among which were Yulia Tymoshenko, OlegLyashko, and non-party candidate Petro Poroshenko. With a low turnout (59.5%), Petro Poroshenko won and Received a majority of votes (54.7%).
Despite the confident steps towards European integration (in 2017 Ukrainians received the long-awaited visa-free travel with the European Union), sociological polls show that less than half of Ukrainians approve of Poroshenko's activity.
Personal life of Petro PoroshenkoThe first meeting of Poroshenko with his future wife Marina took place at the winter student dances. Marina studied for a cardiologist.
In his family life, Petro Poroshenko is an undisputed leader, whose word is the law for every member of the family.