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Petro Poroshenko
Петро Порошенко
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President of Ukraine
In office
7 June 2014 – 20 May 2019
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Volodymyr Groysman
Preceded by Oleksandr Turchynov (Acting)
Succeeded by Volodymyr Zelensky
2nd Minister of Trade and Economic Development
In office
23 March 2012 – 24 December 2012
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Preceded by Andriy Klyuyev
Succeeded by Ihor Prasolov
9th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 October 2009 – 11 March 2010
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Oleksandr Turchynov (Acting)
Preceded by Volodymyr Khandohiy
Succeeded by Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
4th Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
In office
8 February 2005 – 8 September 2005
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Volodymyr Radchenko
Succeeded by Anatoliy Kinakh
Personal details
Born
Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko

26 September 1965 (1965-09-26) (age 54)
Bolhrad, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Solidarity (2001–present)
Social Democratic Party
(Before 2001)
Our Ukraine-People's Self-defence Bloc (2002–2012)
Spouse(s) Maryna Poroshenko
Children Olexiy
Yevheniya
Oleksandra
Mykhaylo
Alma mater National University of Kyiv
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Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko (born 26 September 1965) is a Ukrainian businessman and politician who served as the fifth President of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019.

He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.

Outside government, Poroshenko has been a prominent Ukrainian oligarch with a lucrative career in acquiring and building assets. His most recognized brands are Roshen, the large-scale confectionery company which has earned him the nickname of "Chocolate King", and the TV channel 5 kanal, an all-news national TV broadcaster. Due to the scale of his business holdings in the manufacturing, agriculture and financial sectors, his political influence that included several stints at government prior to his presidency, and ownership of an influential mass-media outlet, Poroshenko has long been considered one of the prominent Ukrainian oligarchs even though not the most influential among them.

He was elected president on 25 May 2014, capturing 54.7% of the vote in the first round, thereby winning outright and avoiding a run-off. As a candidate for a second term in 2019, he obtained only 24.5% in the second round, being defeated by Volodymyr Zelensky.

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