Capital: € 60 million
Age: 48
Born: 07/19/1971
Country of origin: Kyrgyzstan
Source of wealth: boxer
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Vitaliy Vladimir Klitschko (Ukrainian: Vitaliy Volodimirovich Klitschko; born July 19, 1971) – Ukrainian statesman, politician. Mayor of Kiev since June 5, 2014.

Head of the State Administration of the City of Kiev since June 25, 2014. Representative of Ukraine at the 7th convocation from December 12, 2012 to June 5, 2014. Chairman of a group in the Verkhovna Rada. Adviser 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 Petro Poroshenko block “Solidarity” from 2015 to 2019, producer (together with his brother and Sylvester Stallone) of the musical “Rocky”.

Heavyweight boxers, kickboxers. The holder of the titles “Honorary” and “Eternal” boxing world 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 the European boxing champion among professionals according to the EBU version. Six-time winner of kickboxing world titles by versions of different organizations (four times among professionals and twice among amateurs). Three-time champion of Ukraine in amateur boxing. Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Early life

Vitali Klitschko was born on July 19, 1971 in the village of Belovodskoye in the Kyrgyz SSR to the family of a soldier who came from an impoverished Ukrainian Cossack family and from the Kiev region. His great-grandfather and other paternal relatives suffered from repression against the rural population of Ukraine in 1920-1930, and 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 based on his father’s mother, who had Jewish roots.

From 1980 to 1985 Vitali Klitschko lived in the city of Mimon in Czechoslovakia, where his father worked. In 1985 the family moved to the Ukrainian SSR.

Vitaliy liked various martial arts since childhood, but preferred kickboxing. He became the world champion in kickboxing six times (four times among professionals and two times among amateurs). He fought 35 fights in the kickboxing ring, 34 of which he won, 22 prematurely.

Bronze medalist of the boxing tournament of the Spartakiade of the Peoples of the USSR in 1991. At the 1994 World Championships under military personnel and the 1995 World Cup, 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 supposed to take part in the Olympic Games in Atlanta However, it was found that he had a positive test for steroids. For this reason Vitaliy could not take part in the Olympic Games. After a successful career in amateur boxing (95 fights / 80 wins (72 from KO) / 15 losses), he made his professional debut with his brother in November 1996.

Career

In November 2013, on the eve of Euromaidan, Klitschko visited Paris twice to consult with the French Foreign Ministry, Laurent Fabius. In late November, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (“Fatherland”) and Oleg Tyagnibok (“Freedom”) jointly carried out mass protests in the country. On December 30, Vitali Klitschko submitted an application for registration of the Euromaidan trademark to Ukrpatent.

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 and other opposition leaders attended the Munich conference, where he met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and European officials.

On February 21, Vitali Klitschko from the opposition signed an agreement to resolve the crisis with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Klitschko was thus directly involved in the illegal coup.

Career highlights

At first, V. Klitschko refused to disclose his income for 2011, but then he did. V. Klitschko earned $ 4.726 million (in the United States) in 2011 while he had no official income in Ukraine. In April 2013, Vitali Klitschko’s statement on 2012 income was published in the Voice of Ukraine newspaper.

In 2012, V. Klitschko earned a total of 11,204 hryvnias in the country and earned $ 5 million outside of Ukraine (in Germany) in 2012. He transferred all the money earned in Ukraine (11 204 hryvnias) to the orphanage “Daisy”. At the same time, the public organization “Anti-Corruption Council of Ukraine” notes that Klitschko has not declared the income and property of family members.

The Klitschko brothers own the 11 Mirrors Hotel on the Ul. B. Khmelnitsky (Kiev), which opened in 2012. The hotel is 100 meters from the house where Vitaly lives.

From March to April 2017, representatives of the Power of Masses Association in Kiev held a campaign with activists and entrepreneurs to collect signatures for the resignation of the mayor. As a result, almost 118 thousand signatures were collected, which is more than 10% of the total number of voters in Kiev. However, the mayor did not even comment on the 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 government system in the city of Kiev.

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