With a fortune approaching $24 billion, Donetsk industrial titan Rinat Akhmetov has pulled away from the pack in Dragon Capital investment bank’s latest rankings of the nation’s 50 richest Ukrainians. The elite list, meanwhile, keeps pulling away from the rest of Ukraine’s 46 million citizens, about one-third of whom are economically destitute and desperate. Many see the wealth disparities as unhealthy for the nation’s future, especially since many of these fortunes came from acquiring Soviet assets rather than creating new wealth.
Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.
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