Forbes Ukraine published an annual ranking of the richest Ukrainians.
In general, the fortunes of the 20 richest Ukrainians have fallen by more than $20 billion since the beginning of February 2022 – to $22.5 billion.
Compared to 2021, there are many new people in it, but some of the old acquaintances have disappeared. The reasons are interesting – loss of citizenship, business troubles, and betrayal of the homeland. And in the Top-20 there are surprisingly many IT workers.
For example, the 2nd and 3rd places with fortunes of $2.3 billion ($4 billion as of February 2022) were taken by Maksym Lytvyn and Oleksii Shevchenko, from Kyiv, who in 2009 created a service for improving written communication skills Grammarly, used by millions of people around the world.
Vlad Yatsenko, one of the co-founders of the financial technology company Revolut is in 7th place with a fortune of $1.1 billion, which was almost unaffected by the full-scale war.
Max Poliakov, owner of Noosphere Ventures and former owner of Firefly Aerospace is in 11th place with $800 million.
In 17th place with $360 million (the fortune has almost doubled since February 2022) is Taras Kytsmei from Lviv, one of the co-founders of the software company SoftServe, which currently has about 13,000 employees.
In 18th place, with a fortune of $350 million, there is a rather unexpected IT representative – Stepan Chernovetskyi, the son of the former mayor of Kyiv, Leonid Chernovetskyi. In fact, Chernovetskyi Jr. deals in real estate, for example, he owns 75% of the famous 101 Tower near which a Russian missile exploded on October 10, 2022. In addition, Chernovetskyi also owns an IT business – a product delivery service Zakaz.ua.
Oleksandr Konotopskyi, one of the co-owners of the company Ajax Systems, takes 20th place in the Forbes Ukraine rating with a fortune of $320 million develops wireless security systems.
7 places out of 20 is a very good result for Ukrainian IT. Let’s hope that there will be more leaders of technology companies in this rating every year.
And the first place in the rating, as before, was taken by Rinat Akhmetov with a fortune of $4.4 billion. Many factories that belonged to Akhmetov were significantly damaged during the full-scale aggression of the Russians. Since February 2022, the businessman’s fortune has decreased more than 3 times.