100 most powerful people in Serbia

For nine years now, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has topped the list of the “most powerful people” in the country according to Blic daily. After almost 20 years in politics, both in power and in the opposition, Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party came to power in the 2012 elections and have remained there until today.

  1. Aleksandar Vučić

Vučić first served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, then became Prime Minister and for the past five years has served as President of Serbia. Although it is not yet official, he is expected to be a candidate for Head of State again in the upcoming presidential elections on April 3. According to international institutions, economically, Serbia has done well in recent years and the World Bank has maintained its forecast for the country’s economic growth at 4.5% for 2022 and 4% for next year. In the always complicated and complex foreign situation, Vučić still manages to balance things out and negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina are expected to intensify this year. It is evident that Vučić recently distanced himself as the head of the party, and recently announced that he will step down from the leadership of the SNS, after almost a decade.

  1. Ana Brnabić

When she became Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government in 2016, replacing Kori Udovički in that position, few could believe that Ana Brnabić would reach the top of national politics in such a short time. Although, she was appointed PM as a non-partisan candidate, three years later, she became a member of the Serbian Progressive Party. She was the first woman to hold the position of Prime Minister of Serbia and the first openly gay person in that position. She was mainly dedicated to digitization and faster systemic introduction of e-government in Serbia, in order make the state administration and local self-governments more efficient. She is also Vice President of the SNS.

  1. Jorgovanka Tabaković

Since August 2012, she has been the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia. In June 2018, the Parliament of Serbia appointed her to the position of governor for a new term of six years. She is one of the most influential people in the SNS, and also a trusted aide of Aleksandar Vučić. She has been successfully pursuing the strong dinar policy for years, keeping it stable and inflation under control, especially during the pandemic and the global crisis.

  1. Novak Djoković

In the past period, he went through one of the most difficult moments of his career. Novak’s influence in the world of tennis and sports continued to grow thanks to the work of his Foundation, which even during the pandemic, continued helping the youngest children by improving their preschool education. Thanks to the activities of his Foundation, several kindergartens were opened in less developed municipalities of the country. Djoković has had 39 wins and only three losses in 2020 (disqualification at the US Open is considered a defeat). In 2021, he had 51 wins and seven losses. He earned $9,069,225 in 2021, while throughout his career he earned $154,756,726 from tournament participation alone.

  1. Bratislav Gašić

He is the director of the Security and Information Agency (BIA) and one of the founders and high-ranking officials of the SNS (he froze his membership in the party once he joined the BIA). He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Niš and for more than two decades, headed the private company Santos. He was the mayor of Kruševac and also served as Minister of Defense. He is very involved in sports (FC Napredak, ZOK Krusevac Santos…) and is a great church benefactor and the recipient of several decorations of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

  1. Siniša Mali

Minister of Finance and Vice-President of the SNS has a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and a Master’s degree in business from Washington University. During his studies, he worked as an assistant professor in five subjects related to corporate finance. He was the mayor of Belgrade from 2014 to 2018 and was previously an advisor for economy and finance in the government of the then Prime Minister Vučić. He came to the position of Minister of Finance as a recognized financial expert who worked for the largest consulting firms in the world, but also as the mayor who initiated and implemented a comprehensive programme of financial consolidation of the city of Belgrade, where he halved the city’s debt and significantly reduced the budget deficit.

  1. Patriarch Porfirije

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. Miodrag and Aleksandar Kostić

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

President of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and the Speaker of the Serbian Assembly, he has represented his party everywhere since 2008, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of his first appearance on the parliamentary benches. From 2012 to 2014, he was Prime Minister, then Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Vučić-led government. 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. 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.

The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Serbia also includes Vladimir Lučić (11th place), CEO of Telekom Srbija, Thomas Schieb (12th) and Anthony Godfrey (13th), the German and U.S. ambassadors respectively, Željko Mitrović (16th place), owner of the Pink TV and related companies, Draginja Đurić (20th), former Head of Banca Intesa Serbia, Predrag Mihajlović (22nd), Head of OTP Bank Serbia, Chen Bo (26th), Chinese ambassador to Serbia, Zvezdan Terzić (31st), Director of FC Red Star, Suzana Vasiljević (33rd), media advisor to Serbian President, Dragan Đilas (42nd), opposition politician and businessman, Dragan Stojković Piksi (50th), Serbian national football team coach, Svetoslav Atanasov (54th), CEO of Coca-Cola Serbia and others.

(Blic, 09.02.2022)


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