Businessman, co-owner of two hypermarket chains: Epicentr K and Nova Linia
Businessman, co-owner of two hypermarket chains: Epicentr K and Nova Linia
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Born June 27, 1967 in Horodok, Khmelnytskyi region.
Education: Khmelnitsky cooperative trade and economic college, Lviv Academy of Commerce.
In 1998, he got married with Halyna Gerega and took her last name.
In 1990-1991, Oleksandr worked as a freight forwarder in Horodok. Then, started selling coffee and chocolate purchased from the National Sports Fund in Moscow.
In 1994, he started selling imported from Poland ceramic tiles. He opened an office on Gorky Street in Kyiv.
In 1996, Oleksandr and his wife Halyna opened their first store (Petra Zaporozhtsia Street, 15) in Kyiv. Oleksandr was a director, his wife was a financial director, and Tetiana Surzhyk, Halyna's sister, was purchasing imported tiles.
'It was a 25-square-meter room. We put a table in the middle of the room, put 25-30 types of tiles upon it, advertised the tiles in Aviso and started a business. In 1997, we supplied from a number of factories in Poland, Spain, and Italy,' Gerega recalls.
The first family company Cermet AGS exists up till today at the same address. Now, its owners are Bahrii Vitalii, an assistant to MP Oleksandr Gerega in the Verkhovna Rada of the 7th convocation, and Yurii Yakovlev, a director of a regional Epicentr.
In 2003, Oleksandr Gerega founded Epicentr-K LLC. The first construction hypermarket was opened on Bratyslavska street in Kyiv. Now in the store chain, there are 59 shopping centers of over 1 million square meters.
In 2012, Oleksandr Gerega was elected People's Deputy for the 192nd electoral constituency. He was a member of the Party of Regions faction and left it on February 21, 2014, the day after the activists were killed on Maidan and President Viktor Yanukovych fled from the Mezhyhirya Residence to Kharkiv.
In parliament, Gerega was several times accused on "ghost voting". And on January 16, 2014, he voted for "dictatorial" laws.
In the fall of 2014, in early elections to the Rada, Gerega won in the 192nd electoral constituency in the Khmelnytskyi region. He was supported by 68,890 people (73.86% of the votes).
In 2015, he created the political party «Za Konkretni Spravi».
In 2019, he again won the elections in the 192nd constituency. He was supported by 45% of voters. Gerega is a member of the deputy group "For the Future" associated with Ihor Kolomoisky.
Novoe Vremia magazine and investment company Dragon Capital estimates Gerega's fortune at $930 million. The media Focus estimates his fortune the same, while Forbes estimates family income at $1.3 billion.
According to the official declaration, Gerega family has 37.25 hectares of land in Novosilky village, Kyiv region, and 1300 sq.m. of land and a mansion (240 sq.m) in Mala Oleksandrivka village, Boryspil district, Kyiv region.
Apart from that, they own three mansions and 4500 sq.m. of land in Spain, another 1450 sq.m. of land, two houses, and three apartments (888 m2, 302 m2, 189 m2) in Kyiv, and one in the Horodok, Khmelnytskyi region. Halyna has two cars: BMW and Porsche.
The family owns shares for UAH 3.1 million in the venture investment fund Oferent (the fund is the owner of Agrohoding 2012 LLC) and have declared shares in Epiagro Holding Limited in Cyprus.
Oleksandr Gerega's share in Epicenter K LLC is 51.3%, Halyna's share is 47.97%, and her sister Tetiana Surzhyk's share is 0.73%.
Over the last year, the family earned UAH 58.4 million, including salaries, interest and dividends. They have UAH 58.8 million, $150,000 and €558,000 on their bank accounts.
The couple also has UAH 9.7 million, $1.95 million, €1.7 million and 480,000 Swiss francs in cash.
the 5th President of Ukraine
In the 2019 presidential election, Gerega was a confidant of Poroshenko in his constituency in the Khmelnytskyi region. However, four days before the elections, Petro Poroshenko replaced Gerega with lawyer Nelia Ursulyak.
civil service, business
In 2004-2007, Vadim Lozovy was the commercial director Zermet AGS, a company owned by Gerega, and since 2007, he was the head of the Epicenter hypermarkets.
He was a member of Gerega's party «Za Konkretni Spravi».
In 2018-2019, he was the head of the Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administration.
Before being elected to the Verkhovna Rada, Shynkovych was the deputy head of Epicentr K.
In 2015-2018, he was co-chairman of the Khmelnytskyi regional organization of the political party «Za Konkretni Spravi».
In the parliament of the 8th convocation (2014-2019), he won the elections in electoral constituency No. 189 in the Khmelnytskyi region. He was a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction.
The CHESNO movement calculated that Shynkovych "ghost voted" 40 times in April and May 2018.
artist, TV host, blogger
Artist, host of Poiarkov NEWS on the Pryamiy TV channel, host of a video blog.
In 2015, Serhii Poiarkov ran for the Khmelnytskyi Regional Council from the «Za Konkretni Spravi» party, but failed.
PRO MEDIA GROUP
Pro Media Group LLC is a media holding that includes a TV channel and radio station Pershyi Podilskyi. They broadcast in the Khmelnytskyi region.
Ruslan Kotelba is listed as the official owner of the media. He is Deputy Director for Legal Affairs at Epicentr in Khmelnytskyi.
The company is registered at the same address as Agroholding 2012 LLC that belongs to Gerega.
Wife: Halyna Gerega.
Son: Taras Gerega, born on November 27, 1994 in Kyiv. He was studying in Switzerland. According to the Ministry of Justice, Taras is the founder of Epicentr of Football LLC and the co-founder of Clubhouse Diamant LLC, one of the most expensive buildings in Kyiv. The building is located on Shevchenko boulevard, and among the property owners, there are Serhiy Taruta's daughter Tetiana and Viktor Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko.
Taras was also the manager of Real Madrid during the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv.
'I want to become the world's youngest sports director. I know that the youngest sports director in the world is 35 years old. I think I still have a few years,' 24-year-old Gerega Jr. told reporters back then.
In his biography, Oleksandr Gerega indicates that he has a daughter Victoria. However, there is no information about her in the media.
In January 2020, Slidstvo.Info journalists found two undeclared villas in Spain on the Mediterranean coast that belong to Gerega. They say, according to an extract from the real estate register, Halyna and her husband bought two neighboring houses in Benicasim in 2017 and 2018. One villa is more than 100 years old, and it costs about 6 million euros. However, both villas were not mentioned in the declaration.
According to the last declaration of MP Gerega, the family indeed has two villas. One villa costs UAH 62 million, and the other one costs 30 million. It is also indicated that Halyna owns all the overseas real estate, and the purchases were indeed made in 2017 and 2018.
In 2017, on the Constitution Day, the president awarded Gerega the Order of Merit.
About business in the Crimea and Russia:
'Who knows. Maybe, we are related to these companies, and we work under cover in the enemy territory, so that sooner or later, we sart a fire that will cover these territories, and these territories will become as independent as our country.'
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