Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, former actor and comedian who has been serving as the president of Ukraine since 2019 know all about him in this article as like his Net Worth, Family, Wife, Children, Parents, Education, Salary and Biography
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Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, former actor and comedian who has been serving as the president of Ukraine since 2019.
Zelenskyy grew up in Kryvyi Rih, a Russian-speaking region in southeastern Ukraine. Prior to his acting career, Zelenskyy obtained a degree in law from the Kyiv National Economic University. He then pursued comedy and created the production company Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons, and TV shows including Servant of the People, in which Zelenskyy played the role of president of Ukraine. The series aired from 2015 to 2019 and was immensely popular. A political party bearing the same name as the television show was created in March 2018 by employees of Kvartal 95.
Zelenskyy announced his candidacy for the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election on the evening of 31 December 2018, alongside the New Year’s Eve address of President Petro Poroshenko on 1+1 TV Channel. A political outsider, he had already become one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election. He won the election with 73.2 per cent of the vote in the second round, defeating Poroshenko. Identifying as a populist, he has positioned himself as an anti-establishment, anti-corruption figure.
As president, Zelenskyy has been a proponent of e-government and unity between the Ukrainian-speaking and Russian-speaking parts of the country’s population. His communication style heavily utilises social media, particularly Instagram. His party won a landslide victory in a snap legislative election held shortly after his inauguration as president. During his administration, Zelenskyy oversaw the lifting of legal immunity for members of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession, and some progress in tackling corruption. Critics of Zelenskyy claim that in taking power away from the Ukrainian oligarchs, he has sought to centralise authority and strengthen his personal position.
Zelenskyy promised to end Ukraine’s protracted conflict with Russia as part of his presidential campaign, and attempted to engage in dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Zelenskyy’s administration faced an escalation of tensions with Russia in 2021, culminating in the launch of an ongoing full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. Zelenskyy’s strategy during the Russian military buildup was to calm the Ukrainian populace and assure the international community that Ukraine was not seeking to retaliate. He initially distanced himself from warnings of an imminent war, while also calling for security guarantees and military support from NATO to “withstand” the threat. After the commencement of the invasion, Zelenskyy declared martial law across Ukraine and general mobilisation.
Quick Facts About Volodymyr Zelenskyy
|Category||President of Ukraine|
|Birthday||25 January 1978|
|Spouse||Olena Zelenska (m. 2003)|
|Education||Kyiv National Economic University|
|Country / Nationality||Ukraine|
|Net Worth||$ 705 Million|
Volodymyr Zelenskyy estimated Net Worth
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Net Worth
|Net Worth ( 2021 )||$ 705 Million|
|Income Source||Politician, Actor & Comedian|
|Income / Salary||Not Available|
|Net Worth ( 2022 )||Not Available|
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Salary
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Salary
|Net Worth||$ 705 Million|
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Family
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Wife, Is Volodymyr Zelenskyy Married ?
Wife & Children
|Wife||Olena Zelenska (m. 2003)|
|Children||Aleksandra Zelenskaya, Kiril Zelenskiy|
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Career and Achievement
At age 17, he joined the local KVN (a comedy competition) team and was soon invited to join the united Ukrainian team “Zaporizhia-Kryvyi Rih-Transit” which performed in the KVN’s Major League and eventually won in 1997. That same year, he created and headed the Kvartal 95 team which later transformed into the comedy outfit Kvartal 95. From 1998 to 2003, Kvartal 95 performed in the Major League and the highest open Ukrainian league of KVN, the team members spent a lot of the time in Moscow and constantly toured around post-Soviet countries. In 2003, Kvartal 95 started producing TV shows for the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1, and in 2005, the team moved to fellow Ukrainian TV channel Inter.
In 2008, he starred in the feature film Love in the Big City, and its sequel, Love in the Big City 2. Zelenskyy continued his movie career with the film Office Romance. Our Time in 2011 and with Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon in 2012. Love in the Big City 3 was released in January 2014. Zelenskyy also played the leading role in the 2012 film 8 First Dates and in sequels which were produced in 2015 and 2016.
Zelenskyy was a member of the board and the general producer of the TV channel Inter from 2010 to 2012.
In August 2014, Zelenskyy spoke out against the intention of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture to ban Russian artists from Ukraine. Since 2015, Ukraine has banned Russian artists and other Russian works of culture from entering Ukraine. In 2018, the romantic comedy Love in the Big City 2 starring Zelenskyy was banned in Ukraine.
After the Ukrainian media had reported that during the war in Donbas Zelenskyy’s Kvartal 95 had donated 1 million hryvnias to the Ukrainian army, some Russian politicians and artists petitioned for a ban on his works in Russia. Once again, Zelenskyy spoke out against the intention of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture to ban Russian artists from Ukraine.
In 2015, Zelenskyy became the star of the television series Servant of the People, where he played the role of the president of Ukraine. In the series, Zelenskyy’s character was a high-school history teacher in his 30s who won the presidential election after a viral video showed him ranting against government corruption in Ukraine.
Zelenskyy’s comedy series Svaty (“In-laws”), was banned for display on the territory of Ukraine in 2017. The ban was lifted in March 2019.
Zelenskyy worked mostly in Russian language productions. His first role in the Ukrainian language was the romantic comedy I, You, He, She, which appeared on the screens of Ukraine in December 2018. The first version of the script was written in Ukrainian but was translated into Russian for the Lithuanian actress Agnė Grudytė. Then the movie was dubbed into Ukrainian.
Start of Political Career
The political party Servant of the People was created in March 2018 by people from the television production company Kvartal 95, which also created the television series of the same name.
In a March 2019 interview with Der Spiegel, Zelenskyy stated he went into politics to restore trust in politicians and that he wanted “to bring professional, decent people to power” and “would really like to change the mood and timbre of the political establishment, as much as possible”.
Starting 31 December 2018, Zelenskyy led a successful, almost entirely virtual, presidential campaign to unseat incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in just three to four months. Zelenskyy clearly won both the first round of elections on 31 March, and the run-off election on 21 April 2019. One of Zelenskyy’s presidential campaign promises was that he would only serve one term in office.
Zelenskyy was inaugurated on 20 May 2019. Various foreign officials attended the ceremony in Ukraine’s parliament (Verkhovna Rada), including Salome Zourabichvili (Georgia), Kersti Kaljulaid (Estonia), Raimonds Vējonis (Latvia), Dalia Grybauskaitė (Lithuania), János Áder (Hungary), Maroš Šefčovič (European Union), and Rick Perry (United States). In his swearing-in speech he dissolved the then Ukrainian parliament as his first act as president, in spite of pre-emptive attempts to block this move by the People’s Front, which withdrew from the ruling coalition a few days prior to his inauguration. Zelenskyy was noted to have been the first Jewish President of Ukraine and with Volodymyr Groysman as Prime Minister, Ukraine was the second country to have both a Jewish President and Prime Minister.
As one of the first acts of his presidency, Zelenskyy appointed Andriy Bohdan as head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Prior to this, Bohdan was the lawyer of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Under the rules of Lustration in Ukraine, introduced in 2014 following Euromaidan, Bohdan is not entitled to hold any state office until 2024 (because of his government post during the Second Azarov Government). Bohdan, however, claims that according to the law, heading the presidential administration is not considered to be civil service work and therefore lustration does not apply to him. Bohdan suspended his juridical career after becoming head of the presidential administration. Following his appointment Bohdan claimed that “the oligarchs already want the same rules of the game as other citizens”. The other deputy heads of the Presidential Administration Zelenskyy appointed were mostly leading figures of Kvartal 95. The head of Kvartal 95, and a childhood friend of Zelenskyy, Ivan Bakanov, was appointed deputy head of the Ukrainian Secret Service.
Under a presidential decree signed on 21 May 2019, Zelenskyy appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal as deputy head of the presidential administration. However, a few hours later the text of the decree disappeared from the site of the president. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, Zerkal did agree to be the sole authorized representative of the international courts of Ukraine concerning Russia, but not to be a deputy head of the administration. On 28 May, Zelenskyy restored the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili.
The day before, he visited the front line, where he examined positions around Luhansk and received reports from military commanders. On 3 June, Zelenskyy appointed former president Leonid Kuchma as the representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite Contact Group for a settlement in the Donbas Conflict. The next day, he arrived in Brussels on his first official foreign visit as president, meeting with European Union and NATO officials, including Jens Stoltenberg, Jean Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.
Zelenskyy’s first major proposal to change the electoral system was rejected by the Ukrainian parliament.
The parliament also refused to approve Zelenskyy’s dismissal of the country’s Foreign Minister, Minister of Defence and head of the SBU. In addition, on 6 June, lawmakers refused to include Zelenskyy’s key initiative on reintroducing criminal liability for illegal enrichment in the parliament’s agenda, and instead included a similar bill proposed by a group of deputies. In June 2019 it was announced that the president’s third major initiative, which seeks to remove immunity from lawmakers, diplomats and judges, would be submitted after the July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election.
On 11 June 2019, Zelenskyy dismissed the heads of 15 of Ukraine’s oblasts (provinces) and the heads of the SBU (secret service) departments of five oblasts and asked parliament to remove the country’s Prosecutor General from office. On 8 July, Zelenskyy ordered the cancellation of the annual Kyiv Independence Day Parade on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, citing costs. Despite this, Zelenskyy highlighted that the day would “honor heroes” on Independence Day, however the “format will be new”. He also proposed to spend the money that would have been used to finance the parade on veterans.
On 11 July 2019, Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the former’s appeals to the Russian leader to take part in talks with Ukraine, the United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom in Minsk. The leaders also discussed the exchange of prisoners held by both sides.
In the 21 July 2019 parliamentary election, Zelenskyy’s political party, Servant of the People, won the first single-party majority in modern Ukrainian history in parliament, with 43 per cent of the party-list vote. His party gained 254 of the 424 seats.