Tag Archives: Ukraine

2014 Newswomen’s Club Award for Ukraine Coverage

It is almost a year since the first protestors stepped onto Kiev’s Maidan to protest ex-President Yanukovich’s pro-Russian policies, a year in which many have died fighting to keep Ukraine independent, a year in which Ukrainians around the world have mobilized to promote the Ukrainian cause and gather humanitarian funds. The story is not over. […]

Why Putin Won’t Win

My grandfather was a Ukrainian freedom fighter in the second World War sparring with the Nazis and communists to create a free Ukrainian state. He was on the losing side, and his country was consumed by Stalin’s Soviet Union. His hope for a free Ukraine lived on, along with those in the Ukrainian diaspora who […]

Warsaw 2012

The DJ was pumping summer specials (“Call me Maybe” anyone?), the drinks were free flowing and the bride and the groom looked spectacular, but yesterday at my table all were glued to my cousin’s phone watching the final between Spain and Italy. There were grumbles about how Poland should have done better in its division, […]

What’s Next For Forbes’ Billionaires

Forbes’ 2012 World’s Billionaires List is Out and Billionaires Are Talking

Forbes Billionaires and the Global Economy

This is the eighth year I have worked on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires. As always, I find the personal tales fascinating. I met with new Ukrainian billionaire Yuri Kosiuk at the Four Seasons in New York last fall when he was pitching Wall Street for investment dollars for his poultry producer. We had coffee and a […]

Other Power Women – A View from Eurasia

Image via Wikipedia I was recently a reporter on the Forbes Power Women list; indeed I have been working on the list since its inception five or so years ago. This year, the list is a bit different; glammed up to be sure. If I would be able to add to the list, I’d definitely […]

Ukraine’s Gas Wells and Windmills

Ukraine is currently debating grain quotas and the jury is still out on the country’s new president but the energy sector is making waves. Poland’s richest man, billionaire Jan Kulczyk, who bought into Ukraine’s natural gas production in June, has already started drilling. Kulczyk Oil Ventures launched the M-19 well at the Makiivka gas deposit in Donetsk […]

Ukraine Econ Upturn As its Billionaires Start to Raise Cash

Ukraine’s youngest billionaire, Kostyantin Zhevago, who almost lost his iron ore producer, Ferrexpo, when markets crashed two years ago, is back raising cash. According to Millenium Capital, Ferrexpo completed its road-show July 16 planning to place Eurobonds worth $500 million. The company plans to ramp up production by 50% over the next five years, and has […]

Ukrainian billionaires behind Privat Group Take on Russian Billionaire Makhmudov

Ukrainian billionaires, Henadiy Boholyubov and Ihor Kolomoyskyy, via Mantara Holding, a company close to the their jointly-owned Privat Group, may be in for a fight over Ukrainian locomotive-maker, Luhanskteplovoz, with Russian billionaire, Iskander Makhmudov. Mantara Holding filed a lawsuit with the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) to cancel the sale of Luhanskteplovoz to Transmashholding, Russia’s largest […]

Ukrainian Billionaire Akhmetov Tries For Another Steel Mill

After recently losing Ukraine’s fourth largest steelmaker, Zaporizhstal, to an unnamed group of Russian investors, Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s wealthiest (with a fortune estimate by Forbes at $5.2 billion) is at it again. Akhmetov’s Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest vertically integrated steel group, is negotiating a merger with Mariupol Ilyich Steelworks, the country’s largest flat rolled steel producer. According to a note […]