I was born and grew up in Ukraine at a time when it was a battleground between communism and democracy, in the country where my ancestry was subjected to persecution just because they belonged to the nobility. My personal experience of this conflict, including poverty, struggling and intolerance — as well as my own fascination with philosophy, shaped my thinking in later years and motivated me to start my philanthropy. I have been active as a philanthropist since 2013 when I began providing funds to help women in Africa to attend Universities and start my own business. In 2016 I joined Cherie Blair Foundation for women, where I am working to promote gender equity, human rights, transparency and empower women.
I occupy an exceptional position. My success in the financial markets has given me a higher degree of independence than most other people. This obliges me to create possibilities for others that is a source of true satisfaction for me. I travel around the world often and meet a lot of people. The hope and light I see in their eyes inspires me and obligates to take stands on controversial issues when others cannot. My philanthropy has made me happy. What more could I ask for? I have a life most people dream about and being a successful trader I have an opportunity to create life-changing possibilities for others.
I have made it a principle to pursue my self-interest in my business. I do not hesitate to advocate policies that conflict with my business interests. I firmly believe that our democracy would function better if the public interest guided more people. And if they care about a well-functioning democracy, they ought to abide by this principle even if others do not. Just a small number of public-spirited figures could make a big difference.
I believe together we can make the world better and create equal possibilities for all not depending on their nationality or financial status. We have to come together and stand together for a better world, fair and better future for our kids.