Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy[lower-alpha 1] (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.

Volodymyr Zelensky
Володимир Зеленський
Official portrait, 2019
6th President of Ukraine
Assumed office
20 May 2019
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
Oleksiy Honcharuk
Denys Shmyhal
Preceded byPetro Poroshenko
Personal details
Born
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy

(1978-01-25) 25 January 1978 (age 43)
Krivoy Rog, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine)
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Servant of the People (2018–present)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2003)
Children
  • Oleksandra
  • Kyrylo
EducationKyiv National Economic University (department in Kryvyi Rih)
OccupationComedian, actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, politician
Notable worksKVN
Kvartal 95
Svaty
Servant of the People
Office Romance. Our Time
Love in the Big City
Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon
Years active1995–2019
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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.