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#47 Ihor and Hryhoriy Surkis, 52 and 61

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Dec. 17, 2010 01:11
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Ihor Surkis (L) and Hryhoriy Surkis
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Hryhoriy is married with one son and one daughter; Ihor is married with two daughters
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Brothers Ihor and Hryhoriy Surkis love soccer.

The elder Hryhoriy runs Ukraine’s football governing body and has taken much of the credit for bringing the 2012 European Soccer Championship to Ukraine.

His younger brother, Ihor, has led the Dynamo Kyiv football team since 2002 referring to the team as his “family.”

But their love for the game hasn’t extended to success on the soccer pitch.

Dynamo Kyiv has been on the decline despite the return of star player Andriy Shevchenko to his home club and hopping aboard the Brazilian soccer player acquisition bandwagon.

The national team hasn’t fared well either.

It failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in a disappointing loss to mediocre Greece, and was embroiled in a scandal earlier this year when its coach resigned after his club team in Kharkiv was found guilty of match fixing.

The Surkis’ other assets have done better.

They have interests in electricity distribution companies and the TET television station.

In September the brothers increased their stake in a Ivano-Frankivsk electricity supply and transportation company to more than 95 percent.

Since 2001, the two have been battling businessman Konstantin Grigorishin over ownership of electricity distribution companies.

It looks like they kissed and made up. In February, Ihor Kolomoisky and Grigorishin gave them stakes in Lvivoblenergo and Prykarpattyaoblenergo.

The brothers, in turn, relinquished their stakes in Chernihivoblenergo, Poltavaoblenergo and Sumyoblenergo.
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