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Yevgeny Prigozhin Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Family

Yevgeny Prigozhin Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 90 kg
Date of Birth June 1, 1961
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Date of Death August 23, 2023

Yevgeny Prigozhin was a Russian oligarch, mercenary leader, and former close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin until he decided to launch a rebellion in June 2023. He was the commander of the Wagner Group which is a private paramilitary company.

Born Name

Евгений Викторович Пригожин (In English Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin)

Nick Name

Putin’s chef

Yevgeny Prigozhin as seen in a picture that was taken after arriving at Ulyanovsk. June 2023
Yevgeny Prigozhin as seen in a picture that was taken after arriving at Ulyanovsk. June 2023 (УлПравда ТВ / YouTube / CC BY 3.0)


Yevgeny Prigozhin was born on June 1, 1961.


He died on August 23, 2023, at the age of 62, in a plane crash that happened in Bologovsky District, Tver Oblast, Russia. He was onboard along with 9 other people. It was also alleged that his plane was shot by Russian forces.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union





Following his skiing influence from his stepfather, Yevgeny completed his schooling at the Leningrad Sports Boarding School No. 62 in 1977.




  • Father – Viktor Yevgenyevich Prigozhin (Mining Engineer)
  • Mother – Violetta Kirovna Prigozhina (Hospital Nurse)
  • Others – Yevgeny Ilyich Prigozhin (Paternal Grandfather) (Captain in the Red Army during World War II), Yefim Ilyich Prigozhin (Paternal Great-Uncle) (Soviet Scientist), Samuil Fridmanovich Zharkoi (Step-Father) (Ski instructor)

Net Worth

‘Yevgeny Prigozhin’s net worth was ‘$1,000,000,000’ according to ‘Celebrity Net Worth’.




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


90 kg or 198.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Prigozhin had dated –

  1. Lyubov Valentinovna Prigozhina – Yevgeny was married to pharmacist and businesswoman Lyubov Valentinovna Prigozhina. Together, they have had 2 daughters named Polina (Russian: Полина) (b. 1992) and Veronika (Russian: Вероника) (b. 2005), and a son named Pavel (Russian: Павел) (b. 1996 or 1998). Their relationship ended in August 2023 due to Prigozhin’s sudden death in a plane crash.

Race / Ethnicity


Yevgeny had Jewish ancestry.

Hair Color

Salt & Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

He sported a shaved head.

Yevgeny Prigozhin Facts

  1. He was an only child.
  2. At the age of 18, Yevgeny was caught stealing and was suspended for two years and even served 6 months in prison. During his sentence, he had been working at a chemical plant in Veliky Novgorod. After this, he joined a gang in 1980, went on a robbery spree, and was once caught trying to choke a woman during a robbery. The following year, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in a high-security penal colony for robbery, theft, fraud, and involving minors in criminal activity.
  3. In 1990, Yevgeny was released from prison and began selling hot dogs with his mother and stepfather at the Apraksin Dvor open-air market in Leningrad.
  4. Yevgeny was a convict in the Soviet Union.
  5. He was at times referred to as Putin’s Chef as he was also an owner of restaurants and catering companies that provide services for the Kremlin.
  6. Prigozhin’s father was a mining engineer who died when Yevgeny was just nine years old.
  7. Initially, he denied any association with the Wagner Group, however, it was in September 2022, that he confirmed that he was the founder and commander of PMC Wagner. According to his statement, he had founded the group in May 2014, to support Russian proxy forces in the Donbas War against Ukraine.
  8. In a video that went viral in 2022, it was revealed that the Wagner Group had been recruiting Russian prison inmates, with the promise of giving them freedom if they served six months with the group.
  9. His grandfather obtained the Red Banner after fighting in the “Battles of Rzhev”.
  10. Both his father and stepfather were of Jewish heritage.
  11. It was his stepfather Samuil who introduced Yevgeny Prigozhin to cross-country skiing. However, following a sports injury, he decided to abandon his sports career and instead became a fitness trainer at a children’s sports school.
  12. Aside from Wagner Group, Yevgeny was also associated with Internet Research Agency and Concord Management and Consulting.
  13. In 2022, he was presented with the title “Hero of the Russian Federation”.
  14. He had sanctions imposed by Australia, the European Union, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Featured Image By УлПравда ТВ / YouTube / CC BY 3.0

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