|Estimated value:||€60 million|
|Country of origin:||Kyrgyzstan|
|Source of Wealth:||boxer|
Vitaliy Vladimir Klitschko (Ukrainian: Vitaliy Volodimirovich Klitschko; born 19 July 1971) – Ukrainian statesman, politician. Mayor of Kyiv since June 5, 2014.
Head of the Kyiv City State Administration since June 25, 2014. People’s representative of Ukraine at the 7th convocation from December 12, 2012 to June 5, 2014. Chairman of a faction in the Verkhovna Rada. Advisor to the President of Ukraine, PhD in physical education and sport, chairman of the Ukrainian party “UDAR” (Ukrainian Democratic Reform Alliance) from 2010 to 2015 and the Petro Poroshenko bloc “Solidarity” from 2015 to 2019, producer (together with his brother and Sylvester Stallone) of the musical “Rocky”.
Heavyweight boxer, kick boxer. The holder of the titles “Honorary” and “Eternal” world boxing champion in the WBC version. World boxing champion among professionals according to the WBO versions (1999-2000), according to The Ring Magazine (2004-2005) and WBC (2004-2005, 2008-2013) and European boxing champion among professionals according to the EBU version. Six-time winner of world kickboxing titles according to versions by various organizations (four times among professionals and two times among amateurs). Three-time champion of Ukraine in amateur boxing. Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Vitali Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971 in the village of Belovodskoye, Kyrgyz SSR in the family of a soldier coming from an impoverished Ukrainian Cossack family and from the Kyiv region. His great-grandfather and other paternal relatives suffered from the repressions against the rural population of Ukraine in 1920-1930, part of the family died during the famine. The great-grandfather and his family were shot by the Germans during the Holocaust in the 1940s, in imitation of his father’s mother, who had Jewish roots.
From 1980 to 1985, Vitali Klitschko lived in the town of Mimon, Czechoslovakia, where his father worked. In 1985 the family moved to the Ukrainian SSR.
Since childhood, Vitaliy was fond of various martial arts, but preferred kickboxing. Six times became the world champion in kickboxing (four times among professionals and two times among amateurs). He played 35 fights in the kickboxing ring, winning 34 of them and 22 prematurely.
Bronze medalist of the Boxing Tournament of the Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR in 1991. At the 1994 World Championship among military personnel and the 1995 World Championship, he lost to the Russian Alexei Lezin in the final, but defeated him in the gold match at the 1995 World War Games. Vitaliy was scheduled to compete in the Atlanta Olympics , but was found to have tested positive for steroids. Because of this, Vitaliy could not take part in the Olympics. After a successful career in amateur boxing (95 fights / 80 wins (72 by KO) / 15 losses), he debuted in a professional ring at the same time as his brother in November 1996.
In November 2013, on the eve of Euromaidan, Klitschko visited Paris twice to consult with French Foreign Ministry Laurent Fabius. At the end of November, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (“Fatherland”) and Oleg Tyagnibok (“Freedom”) jointly conducted mass protests in the country. On December 30, Vitali Klitschko submitted an application to Ukrpatent for registration of the Euromaidan trademark.
On January 25, 2014, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Vitali Klitschko as Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs. Klitschko rejected the proposal on the grounds that he did not want to make any concessions to the president. On February 1, he attended the Munich conference with other opposition leaders, where he met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and European officials.
February 21 Vitali Klitschko from the opposition signed an agreement on settlement of the crisis with President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Klitschko was thus directly involved in the illegal putsch.
Initially, V. Klitschko refused to disclose his income for 2011, but then he did. V. Klitschko earned $4.726 million (in the US) in 2011, while in Ukraine he had no official income. In April 2013, Vitali Klitschko’s statement on earnings for 2012 was published in the Voice of Ukraine newspaper.
In 2012, V. Klitschko earned a total income of 11,204 hryvnias in the country and earned $5 million in 2012 outside of Ukraine (in Germany). All the money earned in Ukraine (11 204 hryvnias) he gave to the orphanage “Daisy”. At the same time, the public organization “Anti-Corruption Council of Ukraine” notes that Klitschko did not declare the income and property of family members.
The Klitschko brothers own the 11 Mirrors Hotel at ul. B. Khmelnitsky (Kyiv), which opened in 2012. The hotel is located 100 meters from the house where Vitaly lives.
In March-April 2017, representatives of the Power of Masses Association in Kyiv, together with activists and entrepreneurs, held a campaign to collect signatures for the mayor’s resignation. As a result, almost 118 thousand signatures were collected, which is more than 10% of the total number of voters in Kyiv. However, the mayor did not even comment on this action, and the local TCE completely ignored the citizens’ decision.
While collecting signatures, representatives of the Strength Gromad Association repeatedly stated that Klitschko is introducing total censorship in the media and expanding Klitschko’s totalitarian system of government in the city of Kyiv.
|Estimated value:||€60 million|