Businesswoman, owner of Farmak, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers
Businesswoman, owner of Farmak, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers
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Born on March 24, 1950, in Nemirintsy, Ruzhyn Raion, Zhytomyr Oblast
Education: Kyiv Industrial College, Kyiv National Economic University.
In 1970, after graduating from the technical school, she got a job as a cashier at the Kyiv-Moscow Industrial Enterprise of Railway Transport. Six months later, she was already deputy chief accountant of the Pechersk branch of the enterprise.
In 1972, she became the chief accountant of the department in Podol. She worked there for eight years.
In 1980, Filya worked as a Chief Accountant of the M. V. Lomonosov Kyiv Chemical-Pharmaceutical Plant (later renamed "Farmak").
In 1990, she was appointed Deputy Director for Economy and Finance — Chief Accountant, and one year later promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
In 1995, Filya Zhebrovska became the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Farmak. At that time, according to Zhebrovska, the plant was in dire straits. It manufactured only Corvalol and Naftizin, the sales market was lost, and there was no money to pay salary to 1.3K employees.
'In the summer of 1995, we decided to suspend production. Once, I arrive to work, and there is a strike under the office windows. Our 50-year-old CEO solved the problem in the simplest way: he wrote a statement of his own will and disappeared. A group of activists came to me and asked to take his place,' Zhebrovska told Forbes.
In 2017, Filya left the CEO office. Now, she is Chairman of the Supervisory board.
In 2002, Filya Zhebrovska ran from the party Unity of Oleksandr Omelchenko but she didn't pass through.
In 2006, she ran from Our Ukraine–People's Self‑Defense Bloc to the Verkhovna Rada, however, she was among the third hundred of the list and didn't pass further.
In the same year, she ran for the Kyiv City Council on behalf of Our Ukraine but also failed.
In 2008 -2010, she became a deputy of the Podolsk district council of Kyiv. In 2010, under Yanukovych's presidency, the capital's district councils were abolished.
Filya Zhebrovska is in the TOP-100 list of the richest Ukrainians. The magazine Novoe Vremia and the investment company Dragon Capital estimate her fortune at $205 million. Focus magazine estimates it at $252 million.
Russian Forbes estimates Filya Zhebrovska's fortune at $480 million. In the list of the 15 richest Ukrainians, she is in 14th place.
Former President of Ukraine (2014-2019).
Filya's brother Pavlo Zhebrovsky is considered to be "the Poroshenko's man" as they are friends for about twenty years.
In 2002, Zhebrovsky was a deputy head of the Solidarity party.
Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Aval.
In 2019, he was one of ten suspects in the case of taking over UAH 1.2 billion of a stabilization loan provided by the National Bank to VAB Bank in 2014.
Filya Zhebrovska was among the businessmen ready to stand surety for Pisaruk.
President of the All-Ukrainian Association of Taxpayers of Ukraine.
Since 2017, Filya Zhebrovska has been the Head of the Supervisory Board of the Association.
Filya Zhebrovska grew up in a large family with four sisters and a younger brother.
Brother: Pavlo Zhebrovskyi. Born March 21, 1962. Leader of the Republican Platform party, people's deputy of IV-VI convocations.
Former Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Civil Administration (in 2015-2018) and the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration (April-December 2005).
In 2015, he was the head of the anti-corruption department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine. In 2018, he was a NABU auditor.
Pavlo is the owner of Yan, a private enterprise working with pharmaceutical goods wholesale distribution. The director of the company is Lubomir Shvedyuk. According to the media, he is Zhebrovsky's son-in-law.
Apart from that, Zhebrovskyi owns Maryanovsky Glass Factory PJSC in the Baranovskyi District of the Zhytomyr Region.
He also owns a subsidiary enterprise Rogachevskoe and Nemirinetska, an agricultural company that grows grain, legumes and oilseeds in Ruzhinskyi district, Zhytomyr region.
In Nemirintsy, the politician owns Yan, an agricultural subsidiary that produces bakery and confectionery products. He also owns Nemirinetskyi Food Factory LLC, a company that processes and preserves vegetables.
Also, Zhebrovskyi is the beneficiary of Pharmacy-2000 PJSC in Kyiv. Zhebrovskyi's wife, Valentina, is listed as the director of the company who leases real estate.
Sister:Leonida Kostiuk, born on April 4, 1959. She is also engaged in business — together with Filya Zhebrovska, she owns Sistema-Invest, a company that produces containers and cardboard production.
And together with her husband Grigory Kostyuk, Leonida owns Farmmash LLC, a company that produces pharmaceutical packaging.
The elder sister Yulia Kruglyak (born on March 2, 1948) is no longer alive.
'I have seven nephews and they all work here in the company. My task now is to delegate them the nuances of Farmak management, so that the company can keep on developing without me,' Zhebrovska told Focus.
Nephew: Yuri Sirotyuk. For many years, he was the corporate secretary of Farmak.
He is the head of Pharmhim owned by Filya Zhebrovska. Also, Yuri is the founder of the construction companies Pharmkomplekt and Yutis. He is also a co-owner of the construction company Budfarmservice.
Niece: Yana Udovitska (Pleskach). She is an owner of U-Service, Alex-Catering, and Timbar. All the companies work in restaurant business and food delivery. She also owns Symposium LLC, a company that organizes congresses and trade exhibitions.
Niece: Anna Zhebrivska. In the Parliament of the 6th convocation (2007-2012), she was an assistant to her father, the people's deputy.
In 2018, Deutsche Welle reporters blamed the Zhebrovsky family for "business transparency problems" in Germany. They found out that Vital Pharma GmbH in Bad Homburg is part of the Zhebrovski pharmaceutical empire.
For ten years, the company has been selling raw materials for medicine production on the German market. The raw materials are imported, in particular, from the countries of Asia and South America. According to the reports of the company, the Vital Pharma's annual turnover is about 3 million euros.
The executive director of Vital Pharma GmbH is Pavlo Zhebrovsky''s daughter Anna, who heads the company since she was a student.
'According to the German anti-money laundering law, the director had to name the beneficial owners of the company in the Transparency Register before October 1 of last year. An extract from the register indicates that Anna did not do it. Thus, the company faces a fine of up to 100,000 euros,' the media wrote.
The company belongs to Farmak Group N.V., a holding company from the Netherlands. The ultimate beneficial owner is Filya Zhebrovska. And the Dutch holding belongs to the Luxembourg holding Farmak Holdings S.à r.l. Luxembourg company register documents are kept in Cyprus.
Controlling stake in Cyprus-based F.I. & P. Holdings Limited belongs to Filya Zhebrovska. The second largest block of shares (about 10%) belongs to Pavlo Zhebrovskyi.
Nephew: Yan Zhebrivskyi. According to journalists, he manages an Austrian company of the Farmak group, he is a trustee with the right to sign in Farmak International Holding GmbH.
It is a subsidiary of the Dutch Farmak Group N.V. The annual turnover of the Austrian company is 7-10 million euros per year. Yet, there is not a single employee in the company.
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In 2007, Filya Zhebrovska accused well-known investment companies of attempting a raider attack. According to her, they illegally obtained the register of Farmak shareholders and shareholders' contacts.
Later, Zhebrovska insisted that investment companies sent letters to shareholders and minority shareholders or called them offering to sell shares or securities.
'We don't know how they got our register to their hands, but the tax authorities, the State Commission for Securities and the Stock Market have copies of this document,' Zhebrovska told Delo website.
The investment companies denied the accusations, called them groundless and considered them an attempt to "denigrate" them.
In June 2009, there was an attempt on Zhebrovska's life. An unknown person shot twice in the back of the victim as she was leaving her home in the Podolsk district of Kyiv.
Zhebrovska's driver jumped out of the car and tried to detain the killer. The criminal escaped and disappeared, dropped down his helmet, mobile phone, Luger pistol and the scooter he used to arrive in place.
The very next day, the police detained some of the crime participants. Moreover, one of them, a resident of Poltava, had a certificate of an employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with him. However, the customers and the contractor were never found, the suspects were released, and the case was closed several times.
Only in 2014, it became known that the resident of Poltava with a fake police ID was actually Viktor Zubritsky, the founder of TV channel 112 and a PR manager of the fugitive Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.
In an interview with journalists, Filya Zhebrovska called Zubritsky the organizer of the crime against her.
In 1998, Zhebrovska became a Ph.D. in Economics.
She is the author of 120 scientific works (including one monograph) and 100 patents in Ukraine.
In 2011, she founded the Zhebrovsky Family Foundation, an all-Ukrainian charitable organization.
On the site of the destroyed church in Nemirintsy, the Zhebrovsky family built a temple. In 2019, it was consecrated by the rector of the OCU Epiphanius.
About her brother, a politician:
'He never helped me solve any problems. On the contrary, he often asked me whether his political activities caused any problems for my business. And I always reassure him that his activities are fine with my work.'
About her income:
'I am not a poor person, but I don't have any particular wealth. And I don’t need it — I don’t like a luxurious life. When I’m abroad, I’d rather go buy food at the market than dine in a gourmet restaurant.'
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