Born on November 13, 1972 in Dnipropetrovsk (Now: Dnipro).
Education: Tyumen Industrial Institute, Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute, Central Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education.
CEO Fozzy Group and the ultimate beneficiary of the organization. According to the Ministry of Justice, he is the owner of 69 companies in Ukraine.
Kostelman is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian association of independent public, charitable, religious Jewish organizations "Jewish Confederation of Ukraine." According to the Ministry of Justice, Faina Ioffe is in charge of the organizations. The signatories are Boris Fuksmann and Boris Lozhkin.
In the early 1990s, with childhood friends Oleh Sotnikov, Roman Chihir and Yuri Gnatenko, they started a business together. In Dnipropetrovsk, they traded with chocolate bars and tea. First, they supplied goods in boxes, then transported it in containers.
In 1997, they moved to Kyiv.
'Mayskiy Tea, a company that became our friends back in Dnepropetrovsk, hosted us there. The company was headed by Hennadii Maidaniuk. He gave us a couple of useful tips, allocated part of his warehouse and a room for our office. His stock managers and loader-men helped us on a friendly basis. It was at Kurenevka. We were there for almost a year, trading exclusively in wholesale from a warehouse. We advertised [our goods] in the newspaper and sold it,' Kostelman recalled.
In 1998, they rented warehouses in Vishneve near Kyiv, and worked under the name "Partner-Vishnevy." The brand belonged to Dnipropetrovsk company "Rainford" as they worked with them on a franchise basis.
In 1999, Kostelman opened the first Fozzy Cash&Carry hypermarket in Vishneve near Kyiv.
Since 2000, he has been the head of the Fozzy Group holding.
In 2001, he founded one of the largest supermarket chains in Ukraine Silpo.
He is also a co-owner of Vostok Bank, founded in 2002. According to the NBU rating by assets for 2019, the financial institution ranks 21st with UAH 10.8 billion.
He is a co-owner of ArtMall, a shopping and entertainment center in Kyiv (opened in 2013).
The mall is officially owned by two companies. One of them is Alakor City LLC (owners are the developer Olexandr Suslensky and the company registered in Panama). The second is Expania Retail (the ultimate beneficiary is Volodymyr Kostelman).
In 2015, the co-owners of Vostok Bank opened Zapad Bank in Montenegro. Now, the bank is successfully operating, and it has representative offices in Odesa and Vienna.
According to Novoe Vremia magazine and Dragon Capital, Volodymyr Kostelman is one of the TOP 20 richest Ukrainians. The businessman's fortune is estimated at $283 million.
Through the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Kostelman is associated with a number of influential politicians and businessmen. Among the members of the Supervisory Board are Ihor and Hryhoriy Surkisy, producer Alexander Rodnyansky, Yevhen Chervonenko, Yuliy Ioffe, and others.
Vadim Morokhovsky, Chairman of the board at Vostok Bank. Son of Victor Morokhovsky, the captain of the "What? Where? When?" from Odesa.
Silpo stores, which now operate in Crimea, were re-registered to Krimtorg-S LLC.
The company was founded in April 2014 in Simferopol. Its founder is Trading House Nezhin LLC from Moscow.
He does not talk about his personal life. It is known that he has a daughter, Zarina, of his first marriage. Now, being married for the second time, he got one more child.
Daughter: Zarina Kostelman, born on December 30, 1992. In the UK, she is listed as a co-owner of the Kosa Art Group Ltd.
"We are artists specializing in art direction, set design, event styling, party decoration and window dressing," states on Zarina's website.
Father: Mikhail Kostelman, born on October 28, 1950 in Dnipropetrovsk. He is a citizen of the Russian Federation, lives in Moscow. In 1999, he was awarded the title of Honored Builder of the Russian Federation. In 2000, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit of the RF Ministry of Energy.
Kostelman Sr. participated in the development of the New Urengoy gas field, the construction of the Urengoy-Nadym-Gryazovets, Urengoy-Petrovsk, Urengoy-Chelyabinsk gas pipelines, the Urengoy-Center gas transmission system and the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod transcontinental gas pipeline.
Now, Mikhail is the owner of a recreation center in Privetnoye village near Alushta in the occupied Crimea. The company Bagira-2003 is registered on him.
This is a hotel complex in Kanakskaya Balka, the guest houses and rooms are located 50 meters from the juniper grove. Income for 2018 is $23,000, for 2017 it is $17,300.
Since 2015, the director of the company is Oleg Gritsenko from Fastov, Kyiv region. In social media, he shares photos from Crimea and invites friends to visit him there.
Bagira-2003 is registered in Ukraine. Until September 2019, its owner was Volodymyr Kostelman. Now, the company has been re-registered to Gritsenko. It is worth mention that the company is located on Butlerova str, 1 in Kyiv, the same address as Fozzy-Food LLC.
Mother: Liudmyla Kostelman, born on June 30, 1950. At the moment, she is registered in Moscow as an individual entrepreneur. She works in real estate. Previously, she was the owner of wholesale company Nezhin LLC, also in Moscow. In 2017, the company was liquidated.
His daughter and parents are also co-owners of KSM 2006 s.r.o., a company in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic that operates with property management and travel agency.
In 2001, he became the vocalist of rock band Remont Vody.
He founded poetry society Poeboe. In 2007-2009, his collections of poems "TKLA", "Melnik" and "First Key" were published.
'Dressing in free style makes the business negotiations difficult, so we have to conduct them better. But then, the partners loosen their ties, and the next meeting, they are also dressed in anything but suits.'
'I can talk for hours about finances, contracts, negotiations, new premises, logistics. But I just don't understand politics and economics in general. Our revenue is sometimes more influenced by the weather than politics. My task is to feed people.'
'I wanted to win at Sportloto. I was sure that I would succeed, and once I even indeed succeeded. And then the theory of probability entered my life. While I was constantly in the black, I was sure that I decoded thе system. If so, everything is fine, why should I work at all then? And when I suddenly went to negative, I began to intensively create a new system. All my notebooks were written with various combinations.'
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