100 most powerful people in Serbia

In keeping with its tradition, Blic daily brings us the list of the 100 most powerful people in Serbia, which includes politicians, government ministers, prominent businesspeople, athletes, media moguls…

  1. Aleksandar Vučić – President of Serbia

For a whole decade, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has been topping the Blic List of the Most Powerful People in Serbia. Eleven years ago, Vučić and his SNS party came to power, and he has been the country’s president for the last six years. In the April elections of last year, in the first round of the presidential elections, he convincingly defeated all his opponents and thus won the second term in the office of the head of state.

  1. Ana Brnabić – Prime Minister of Serbia

When she was appointed Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government in 2016, replacing Kori Udovički in that position, few could have believed that Ana Brnabić would reach the very top of Serbian politics in a short period of time. She is the first woman to hold the position of Prime Minister of Serbia and the first publicly declared homosexual person in that position. She is primarily focused on the country’s digitization and faster systemic implementation of e-administration in Serbia. At the last Assembly meeting of the SNS, she was elected vice-president of the party.

  1. Jorgovanka Tabaković – Governor of the National Bank of Serbia

Since August 2012, she has been serving as the governor of the National Bank of Serbia. In June 2018, the Serbian Parliament appointed her to the post of the governor for a new six-year term. Jorgovanka Tabaković is one of the most influential people in the SNS, also Aleksandar Vučić’s person of trust. She has been successfully managing the foreign exchange policy for years, and has managed to maintain stability and keep inflation under control, which, especially in times of a pandemic and global crisis, is a big deal.

  1. Novak Djokovic – No. 1 tennis player in the world

In 2022, Novak Djokovic went through one of the most challenging periods in his career. Novak’s influence in the world of tennis and sports continued to grow through the work of his Foundation, which, even during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been helping with the development of their preschool education and instigated the opening of several kindergartens in lesser developed areas of Serbia. Djokovic won 22 Grand Slams so far in his career, with the Australian Open being the most recent one.

  1. Bratislav Gašić – Interior Minister

The current Minister of the Interior was for a long time the director of the Security and Information Agency (BIA) and one of the founders and a high-ranking official of the SNS. Bratislav Gašić graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Niš, and for more than two decades, he ran the private company, Santos. He was the mayor of Kruševac, and he also served as the Minister of Defence. Gašić is a prominent sports worker, philanthropist and recipient of several medals from the Serbian Orthodox Church.

  1. Siniša Mali – Finance Minister

 Minister of Finance and Vice President of SNS has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and a master’s degree in business from Washington University. Siniša Mali was also the mayor of Belgrade from 2014 to 2018, and before that, he was an economic and financial advisor in the government of the then Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić.

  1. Patriarch Porfirije – Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Archbishop of Peja, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije (Perić) was born on July 22, 1961, in Bečej. At his baptism, he received the name Prvoslav. He finished elementary school in the village of Čurug and the Zmaj-Jovina High School in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk in the Visoki Dečani monastery in 1985. He graduated from the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade in 1986.

  1. Christopher Hill – the United States Ambassador to Serbia

Before retiring from the Foreign Service in 2010, Hill served as US Ambassador to Iraq, Korea, Poland and Macedonia, as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Head of the US delegation to the 6 Party Talks on North Korea. Earlier in his diplomatic career, he was a member of the negotiating team whose efforts led to the Dayton Peace Agreement, ending the Bosnian war. For ten years, Hill was Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and then Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver. He earned a BA at Bowdoin College and an MS at the Naval War College. Hill speaks Serbian, Polish, Macedonian and French.

  1. Miodrag and Aleksandar Kostić – President and Vice President of MK Group

 Miodrag Kostić, president of MK Group and philanthropist, is one of the most successful businessmen in this region. He founded a business system that has been operating successfully for almost four decades. Following his father’s vision, Aleksandar Kostić, Vice President of MK Group, heads a leading investment group in Southeast Europe and strategically guides over 70 companies in the fields of agricultural and food production, banking, tourism, real estate and renewable energy. Today, the Group employs 6,000 people throughout the Adriatic region.

  1. Ivica Dačić – Foreign Minister

 Today’s Serbian Foreign Minister and president of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Ivica Dačić was Prime Minister, then Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Vučić-led government from 2012 to 2014.  Dačić is known as the being Putin’s man in the Serbian government, known to have good relations with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and over the years, with his unusual approach to diplomacy, has made a great contribution to the withdrawal of recognition of Kosovo’s independence by many countries.

  1. Vladimir Lučić – CEO of Telekom Srbija

 Lučić is the CEO of Telekom Serbia and has been working for the company since its inception in 1997. In 2022, for the first time in its history, the company generated over 1 billion euros in revenue, the number of TV subscribers reached 1.2 million, and Internet users 1.1 million. Over the last year, the company installed over 2,000 base stations, while 1.25 million households got access to the optical Internet. From 2018 to date, revenues have increased by 35 percent, i.e. by 31 billion dinars. The number of TV subscribers has almost tripled, from 442,000 to 1.2 million.

          12.  Anke Konrad – the German Ambassador to Serbia

Anke Konrad is the new ambassador of Germany in Serbia and an experienced diplomat who started her career in the German Foreign Ministry in 1993. She served abroad in Warsaw, Geneva, Abidjan and Lusaka. Ambassador Konrad speaks Russian and Polish fluently and is currently learning Serbian. She grew up in East Germany.

  1. Kirill Tyurdenev – CEO of the Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS)

He holds a Master’s degree in international law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). From 2000 to 2007, he worked for A.T. Kearney, Unilever and McKinsey & Co. From 2007 to 2012, he was the Deputy General Manager of Strategy and Business Development at SIBUR – Mineral Fertilizers. Since 2012, he is Vice President and member of the Executive Board of AFK Sistem. In April 2016, Tyurdenev started working in NIS in Novi Sad, as Deputy General Manager for Processing and Trade, then became a member of its Board of Directors and was appointed to the position of CEO in 2017.

Other prominent persons that made it to the 100 Most Powerful People in Serbia list include Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, businessman Andrej Jovanović, owner of the Pink Corporation, Željko Mitrović, Darko Popović, Chairman of Banca Intesa’s Executive Board, Predrag Mihajlović, Chairman of OTP Bank’s Executive Board, Zoran Gajić, Serbian Sports Minister, Branko Radujko, Head of the Serbian Customs Administration, Zvezdan Terzić, Head of FC Red Star, Stojan Vujko and Ivan Bošnjak, co-owners of the Millennium Team Company, Dragana Marković, head of the Serbian Tax Administration, Dragan Bujošević, Director General of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS), Suzana Vasiljević, a member of Aleksandar Vučić’s cabinet and one of his closest associates, Aleksandar Vulin, director of the Security and Information Agency (BIA), Aleksandar Šapić, Belgrade Mayor and Chen Bo, the Chinese Ambassador to Serbia.

 (Blic, 22.02.2023)


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