|Volodymyr Zelenskyy Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||January 25, 1978|
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, former actor, comedian, producer, and writer who is the 6th president of Ukraine. Described as a symbol of Ukrainian resistance, he became the first Jewish president of the country and gained worldwide recognition as the wartime leader of Ukraine, with historian Andrew Roberts comparing him to Winston Churchill, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. As an actor, Zelenskyy played the role of the Ukrainian president in the political satire comedy television series Servant of the People from 2015 to 2019. He announced his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election and won the election with 73.23% of the vote in the 2nd round, defeating then-President Petro Poroshenko.
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy
Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (later Ukraine)
As the President of Ukraine, he resided in Mariinskyi Palace (the official ceremonial residence of the President of Ukraine) in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language when he was 16 years old and subsequently received an education grant to study in Israel. However, his father did not allow him to go.
Afterward, Volodymyr earned a law degree from the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics, then a department of Kyiv National Economic University.
Politician, Former Actor, Comedian, Producer, Writer
- Father – Oleksandr Semenovych Zelenskyy (Professor, Computer Scientist, Head of the Department of Cybernetics and Computing Hardware at the Kryvyi Rih State University of Economics and Technology)
- Mother – Rymma Zelenska (Engineer)
- Others – Semyon (Simon) Ivanovych Zelenskyy (Paternal Grandfather) (Served as Infantry reaching the rank of Colonel in the Red Army (in the 57th Guards Motor Rifle Division) during World War II), Vladimir Osipov (Maternal Grandfather), Olga Solomonovna (Maternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth had been $1.5 Million.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dated –
- Olena Zelenska (c. 1995-Present) – He got married to screenwriter Olena Volodymyrivna Zelenska (née Kiyashko) on September 6, 2003. The duo had previously been schoolmates and dated for 8 years before getting married. Their first child, a daughter named Oleksandra, was born on July 15, 2004, and they welcomed their son Kyrylo on January 21, 2013.
Race / Ethnicity
Zelenskyy is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy Facts
- He lived in the Mongolian city of Erdenet for 4 years before starting elementary school.
- His paternal grandfather’s father and 3 brothers were murdered in the Holocaust.
- Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been cast in movies like Love in the Big City, Love in the Big City 2, Office Romance. Our Time, Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon, Love in Vegas, 8 First Dates, 8 New Dates, and I, You, He, She.
- He grew up speaking Russian and is also fluent in Ukrainian and English.
- After Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was initiating a “special military operation” in the Donbas on the morning of February 24, 2022, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv experienced the most significant assault by Russian troops on February 26. As a result, the United States government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Zelenskyy to evacuate to a safer location, both offering assistance for such an effort. However, Zelenskyy decided to remain in Kyiv with its defense forces, saying that “the fight is here [in Kyiv]; I need ammunition, not a ride”.
- Speaking about Ukrainian civilians who were murdered by Russian forces during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, he said, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will punish everyone who committed atrocities in this war… We will find every scum who was shelling our cities, our people, who was shooting the missiles, who was giving orders. You will not have a quiet place on this earth – except for a grave.”
- Along with his wife and the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, Volodymyr posed for the digital cover story of Vogue magazine for the issue released in July 2022.
- In September 2022, President Zelenskyy was involved in a car accident near Kyiv. Another passenger car had hit his car causing the car to crash. No serious injuries were found.
- In December 2022, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was named Time‘s “2022 Person of the Year”.
- In April 2023, Volodymyr was awarded Poland’s oldest and highest civilian distinction – The Order of the White Eagle, by Polish President Andrzej Duda.
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