Famous Ukrainian Men

Find out more about the greatest Ukrainian Men, including Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Leonid Brezhnev, Andrei Chikatilo and Oleksandr Turchynov

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 1 Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey, Kazakhstan

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.

 2 Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev
Famous As: Composer and pianist
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krasne, Ukraine
Died: March 5, 1953

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.

 3 Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky
Famous As: People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Soviet Union (1918-1925)
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: August 21, 1940

A Russian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary, Leon Trotsky developed a political ideology called Trotskyism, which eventually had a considerable impact on Russian politics. He also played a vital role in leading the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War.

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 4 Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is widely regarded as the most popular Ukrainian boxer and one of the most successful amateur boxers ever with an impressive record of 396 wins and 1 loss. Known for his exceptional accuracy, creativity, hand speed, athleticism, footwork, and defense, Lomachenko won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

 5 Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Famous As: President of Ukraine (since 2019)
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelensky is the incumbent president of Ukraine. A qualified lawyer, he initially owned a production company. He also played the Ukrainian president in the series Servant of the People and was a comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. His secret phone call with Donald Trump led to Trump’s first impeachment.

 6 Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

 7 Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko
Famous As: Football Player, Manager
Birthdate: September 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dvirkivshchyna, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional footballer who played for the Ukraine national team. One of the greatest Ukrainian football players of all time, Shevchenko scored 48 goals for his national team, making him the all-time top-scorer for Ukraine. He is also only the third Ukrainian to receive the prestigious Ballon d'Or. He is currently serving as Ukraine's head coach.

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 8 Vitas

Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Vitas is a Ukrainian-Russian actor, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his eclectic musical style and unique falsetto, Vitas has performed with well-known labels like Universal Music Group. He often incorporates elements of folk, classical, jazz, techno, dance, and operatic pop into his music.

 9 Vladimir Horowitz

Vladimir Horowitz
Famous As: Classical pianist
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989

 10 Jan Koum

Jan Koum
Famous As: Co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 11 Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

 12 Andriy Yarmolenko

Andriy Yarmolenko
Famous As: Football Forward, Winger
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 13 Sergey Bubka

Sergey Bubka
Famous As: Pole Vaulter
Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.

 14 Louis B. Mayer

Louis B. Mayer
Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957

 15 Stepan Bandera

Stepan Bandera
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959

 16 Vladimir the Great

Vladimir the Great
Famous As: Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015

 17 Nestor Makhno

Nestor Makhno
Famous As: Revolutionary, Writer
Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hulyaipole, Ukraine
Died: July 25, 1934
Remembered for his guerrilla tactics, his Robin Hood image, and his Black Army that kept the Red and White armies away from a part of Ukraine, Nestor Makhno lost his father as an infant. He began working on farms at age 7 and grew up to be an anarchist revolutionary. 

 18 Denis Stoff

Denis Stoff
Famous As: Guitarist and Vocalist of The Ukrainian Metalcore Group 'Make Me Famous'
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Khartsyz'k, Ukraine

Denis Stoff is a Ukrainian guitarist and vocalist best known for founding the popular metalcore band, Make Me Famous. He is also credited with founding Down & Dirty, which was formed after the dissolution of Make Me Famous. He then joined the British band Asking Alexandria before becoming the lead vocalist for Drag Me Out.

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 19 Nikita Krylov

Nikita Krylov
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine

 20 Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko
Famous As: President of Ukraine (2014-19)
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Bolhrad, Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko is a Ukrainian politician and businessman. From 2014 to 2019, Poroshenko served as the fifth president of Ukraine. Before being elected as the president, Petro Poroshenko served in positions, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Trade and Economic Development. 

 21 Verka Serduchka

Verka Serduchka
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine

 22 Sergei Magnitsky

Sergei Magnitsky
Famous As: Tax advisor
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009

 23 Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

Ukrainian-American professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy is best known for his appearances in the US version of the reality dance competition TV show Dancing with the Stars, which he won twice. A versatile and brilliant dancer, he is also a 14-time US National Latin Dance champion. He is the co-owner of nine social dance studios as well. 

 24 Yaroslav Amosov

Yaroslav Amosov
Famous As: Mixed martial artists
Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin', Ukraine

 25 Taras Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861

 26 Yaroslav the Wise

Yaroslav the Wise
Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054

 27 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine

 28 Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Famous As: Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657)
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657

 29 Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Famous As: Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Banker
Birthdate: May 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chernivtsi

 30 Alex Len

Alex Len
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine

 31 Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 32 Igor Vovchanchyn

Igor Vovchanchyn
Famous As: Retired mixed martial artist and kickboxer, who competed in early no holds barred MMA contests
Birthdate: August 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zolochiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

 33 Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov
Famous As: Nuclear Engineer
Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: December 13, 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.

 34 Alexey Oleynik

Alexey Oleynik
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine

 35 Leonid Kravchuk

Leonid Kravchuk
Famous As: Former President of Ukraine
Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn

 36 Mykola Leontovych

Mykola Leontovych
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 13, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monastyrysche, Ukraine
Died: January 23, 1921

 37 Leonid Kuchma

Leonid Kuchma
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chaikyne

 38 Semyon Timoshenko

Semyon Timoshenko
Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970

 39 Vitalii Sediuk

Vitalii Sediuk
Famous As: Reporter
Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boryspil, Ukraine

Vitalii Sediuk is a name celebrities dread. The Ukrainian former reporter and prankster who crashes red-carpet events made headlines when he crawled under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, eventually losing his job at the TV channel 1+1. He faced legal issues when he broke Brad Pitt’s sunglasses at a premiere.

 40 Eugene Hutz

Eugene Hutz
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boyarka, Ukraine

 41 Semion Mogilevich

Semion Mogilevich
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyiv

Semion Mogilevich is an organized crime boss from Russia. Widely described as the boss of bosses, Mogilevich is believed to control the operations of a vast criminal empire. Even though the FBI considers him the most dangerous mobster, Semion Mogilevich lives freely in Moscow, thanks to his close alliances with important Ukrainian and Russian political figures, including Vladimir Putin.

 42 Symon Petlura

Symon Petlura
Famous As: Politician and Journalist
Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1926

 43 Sergei Bondarchuk

Sergei Bondarchuk
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belozerka, Ukraine
Died: October 20, 1994

 44 Sergei Polunin

Sergei Polunin
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: November 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine

Sergei Polunin is a Soviet-born ballet dancer, model, and actor. He is of mixed ethnicity, but has "always regarded himself as Russian". He started training in gymnastics at the age of four and then switched to ballet. At 19, he became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix de Lausanne. 

 45 Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev
Birthdate: December 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: November 10, 1982
Leonid Brezhnev served as the leader of the Soviet Union, as the general secretary of the Communist Party, from 1964 to 1982, and as the chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1977 to 1982. His reign is significant for its rampant corruption and economic stagnation. 

 46 Theodosius Dobzhansky

Theodosius Dobzhansky
Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: January 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nemyriv, Ukraine
Died: December 18, 1975

Theodosius Dobzhansky was a Ukrainian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist. He played a key role in shaping modern synthesis in the field of evolutionary biology.  His 1937 book, Genetics and the Origin of Species, is a seminal work on modern synthesis. He was the recipient of several awards, including the US National Medal of Science and the Franklin Medal.  

 47 Stanisław I Leszczyński

Stanisław I Leszczyński
Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 20, 1677
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: February 23, 1766

 48 Oleksandr Turchynov

Oleksandr Turchynov
Famous As: Economist, Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk

 49 Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

 50 Alexander Vindman

Alexander Vindman
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: June 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Alexander Vindman served as the Director for European Affairs for the United States NSC under Donald Trump. He testified against Trump in his impeachment case in 2019 and subsequently resigned from his military post, citing political bullying by the Trump administration as one of the reasons.