Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy (Ukrainian: Володимир Олександрович Зеленський, pronounced [woloˈdɪmɪr olekˈsɑndrowɪtʃ zeˈlɛnʲsʲkɪj]; born 25 January 1978) is a Ukrainian comedian and politician who is the 6th and current president of Ukraine since 20 May 2019.
|6th President of Ukraine|
|Assumed office |
20 May 2019
|Prime Minister||Volodymyr Groysman|
|Preceded by||Petro Poroshenko|
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy
25 January 1978
Krivoy Rog, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine)
|Servant of the People (2018–present)|
|Education||Kyiv National Economic University (department in Kryvyi Rih)|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, politician|
Servant of the People
Office Romance. Our Time
Love in the Big City
Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon
Prior to his political career, he obtained a degree in law and created a production company, Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons and TV comedy shows, including Servant of the People, in which Zelensky played the role of President of Ukraine. The series aired from 2015 to 2019. Before entering politics, he was a comedian, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director.
A political party bearing the same name as the television show was created in March 2018 by employees of Kvartal 95. Zelensky announced his candidacy for the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election on the evening of 31 December 2018, alongside the New Year's Eve address of President Petro Poroshenko on 1+1 TV Channel. At the time, Zelensky had already been one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election. Zelensky won the election with 73.2% of the vote in the second round, defeating Poroshenko.