Petro Poroshenko

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Person.png Petro Poroshenko  Rdf-icon.png
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The date "1965-09-26, 1965" was not understood.

Bolhrad, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma mater Taras Shevchenko National University
Religion Ukrainian Orthodox
Children • Olexiy Yevheniya
• Oleksandra Mykhaylo
Spouse Maryna Perevedentseva
Party Social Democratic Party,  Independent,  Our Ukraine Bloc,  Petro Poroshenko Bloc

Employment.png President of Ukraine

In office
7 June 2014 - Present
Preceded by Oleksandr Turchynov

Employment.png Minister of Trade and Economic Development

In office
23 March 2012 - 24 December 2012

Employment.png Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
9 October 2009 - 11 March 2010

Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko (born 26 September 1965) is the fifth and current President of Ukraine, in office since 2014. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Beyond politics, Poroshenko has had a career as a successful businessman. He owns, along with a number of other companies, a large-scale confectionery business, which has earned him the nickname of 'Chocolate King'.[1] He was elected president on 25 May 2014, capturing more than 54% of the vote in the first round, thereby winning outright and avoiding a run-off.[2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and education

Poroshenko was born in the city of Bolhrad, in Odessa Oblast, on 26 September 1965,[7] but was raised in the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine.[8] He also spent his childhood and youth in Bendery (Moldavian SSR, now officially Moldova but under de facto control of the unrecognised breakaway state Transnistria.)[9] His father Oleksiy was an agricultural engineer.

In his youth, Poroshenko practised judo and sambo, and was Candidate for Master of Sport of the USSR. Despite good grades he was not awarded the normal gold medal at graduation, and on his report card he was given a "C" for his behaviour. After getting into a fight with four Soviet Army cadets at the military commissariat, he was sent to army service in the distant Kazakh SSR.

In 1989, Poroshenko graduated (he started the study in 1982 with a degree in economics from the international relations and law department (subsequently the Institute of International Relations) at the Taras Shevchenko Kiev State University.[10] In 1984, he married a medical student, Maryna Perevedentseva (born 1962). Their first son, Oleksiy, was born in 1985 (his three other children were born in 2000 and 2001). From 1989 to 1992, he was an assistant at the university’s international economic relations department.

Business career

While still a student, he founded a legal advisory firm mediating the negotiation of contracts in foreign trade, and then he undertook the negotiations himself, starting to supply cocoa beans to the Soviet chocolate industry in 1991. At the same time, he was deputy director of the ‘Republic’ Union of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, and the CEO of “Exchange House Ukraine”.


In 2000, Petro Poroshenko set up and chaired the Solidarity Party. After the victory of the ‘Orange Revolution’ in 2005, he was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council and, in 2007, became head of Ukraine’s National Bank. From 2009 to 2010 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs, in 2012 he became Minister of Trade and Economic Development. From December 2012, Petro Poroshenko was the Deputy for Verkhovna Rada and Member of the Committee on European Integration.


  1. "Profile: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko". BBC News. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. 
  2. "Ukraine talks set to open without pro-Russian separatists". The Washington Post. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. "Ukraine elections: Runners and risks". BBC News Online. 22 May 2014. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. "Q&A: Ukraine presidential election". BBC News. 7 February 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. "Poroshenko wins presidential election with 54.7% of vote - CEC". Radio Ukraine International. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
    "Внеочередные выборы Президента Украины" [Results election of Ukrainian president] (in русский). Телеграф. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  6. "New Ukrainian president will be elected for 5-year term – Constitutional Court". Interfax-Ukraine. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. "Petro Poroshenko Net Worth". The Richest. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. "Kerry heads for crisis talks over Ukraine". The Scotsman. 29 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. Continuity and Change in Transnistria’s Foreign Policy after the 2011 Presidential Elections by Marcin Kosienkowski, 2012, (page 38).
  10. "Ukraine's tycoon Poroshenko confirms plans to sell assets"