Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Ukraine threw off the shackles of a closed economy and embraced market economy after 1991. However it has not been a smooth ride for the country, first struggling with recession and then buffeted by the effects of 2008 global slump. Even then many entrepreneurs from Ukraine have made it good and eight of them even figure on Forbes 2012 World Billionaire List1 . Thus Ukraine may be a good place to visit if you are looking to be dated by successful and single men.
Meet the Mining Majors
Ukraine is relatively rich in natural resources, particularly in mineral deposits. Although oil and natural gas reserves in the country are getting exhausted, it has other important energy sources, such as coal, hydroelectricity and nuclear fuel raw materials. Ukraine is one of the world's most important mineral producing countries, in terms of both the range and size of its reserves, especially of iron ore, manganese ore, mercury, titanium, and nickel. One of the billionaires in Ukraine who has massively benefited from the country’s privatization of natural resources is mining baron Rinat Akhmetov. According to the Forbes 2012 World Billionaire List, he was the richest person in Ukraine with a net worth of $16 billion. He is founder and head of the DTEK holding company which controls over 60% of coal production and energy generation in Ukraine. But even if such mining billionaires are out of reach, there are sure to be engineers, highly-skilled technicians and executives all working for various profit-making mining companies and taking home substantial pay packets. Even though the actual mines are far out of the urban centers, most of them have their companies based in cities like Donetsk which is in fact the richest city in the country. So explore business conventions, conferences and workshops associated with the mining industry that may be going on in the cities. Attend them if you can and you will have plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with successful singles of the country.
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Befriend the Industrial Barons
Ukraine has a very large heavy-industry base and is one of the largest refiners of metallurgical products in Eastern Europe. Antonov airplanes are one of the most famous high technology exports. There are 12 automobile manufacturers in Ukraine includes ZAZ, luaz, Bogdan, kraz, Eurocar, LAZ. The majority of Ukrainian exports are marketed to the European Union and CIS. The south-eastern city of Zaporizhia is an important manufacturing center and home to the ZAZ manufacturing facility. While Kiev is home to many multinational finance companies, Kharkov is where globally important manufacturing giants are located like the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory, Khartron an important aerospace and nuclear electronics manufacturer as well as Turboatom turbines producer. Thus the industrialists of Ukraine are likely to be some of the richest citizens of the country. Among the best ways to run into rich singles from the industrial sector are frequenting semi-professional venues like convention centers and trade conferences in business hotels, most of which are concentrated in downtown Donetsk or Kharkov. Yet another effective way to come into their notice would be to take up a job in their companies. And even though this option might be difficult for foreign travelers, picking up the local language and gaining entry into their workplace could in the end, reap far larger dividends.
Check out the Wealthy Bankers
Though in recent years, the banking industry in Ukraine has been vulnerable to currency devaluation, it has been responsible for the rise of many bankers, insurers and other finance professionals. Since the fall of the Soviet Union there still exist few state banks. There are a couple of big banks owned through off-shore companies. Foreign banking is predominated from the Russian Federation, while the Austrian Raiffeisen Bank continues to stay strong. Banking mogul Ihor Kolomoyskyy is the third richest man in Ukraine with a net worth of $3 billion. Another Ukrainian billionaire to emerge from the growing banking sector of the country is Henadiy Boholyubov who with a net worth of $2.8 billion is easily one of the richest men in Ukraine. With fellow billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyy, Henadiy Bogolyubov controls Privat group, a banking and industrial conglomerate they founded in early 1990s. So as you take in the famous sights and sounds of Ukraine, don’t ignore the financial districts of urban centers. Make it a point to visit the cafes and bars in the tallest office buildings such as Gulliver and Parus as well as some of Ukraine's biggest shopping malls such as Dream Town and Ocean Plaza where the yuppie crowd are likely to hang out.
Because Ukraine possesses 30% of the world's richest black soil, agriculture has traditionally been a very lucrative industry and has thrown up several budding millionaires. Unlike most of the previous Ukrainian billionaires, Yuriy Kosiuk - with a net worth of $ 1 billion - has made his fortune not from minerals or banking but in agriculture. With just ten employees Kosiuk set up a small poultry company which eventually grew into today's MHP; he took his poultry producer MHP public in May 2008. Yet another name from Ukraine’s group of younger self-made billionaires is that of Andrey Verevskiy. The thirty-sex year old from has a current net worth of $1 billion according to Forbes list of 2012 Billionaires. Andrey Verevskiy started as a grains trader when he was just 20; over the next several years he actively acquired farms to build agribusiness conglomerate Kernel Holding. So when in Ukraine, don’t hesitate to explore the countryside where attending a country fair, rural festival or visiting local tourist attractions may just throw you in the way of successful singles.
Though the nightlife in Ukraine is not as hot as the Russian counterpart, still the upscale hangouts of cities like Kiev and Kharkov provide plenty of opportunities to mingle with the well-to-do singles of the country. In Kiev, B-hush is a swanky bar and lounge that is perched on the 11th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown city. The club has two VIP rooms, an open terrace, and a swanky restaurant. Dinamo Lux bar is a luxurious and spacious all in one entertainment establishment near Dynamo Stadium in Kiev upper city area. Just like the other international locations of this unique entertainment complex, Buddha Bar in Kiev is one of the classiest and hottest upscale bars in town. Kharkov is one of the main cultural centers in Ukraine and is home of 20 museums, over 10 theaters and a number of picture galleries. Large music and cinema festivals are hosted in Kharkov almost every year. However if you wish to drop in at places with more buzz, Sky Lounge Bar club restaurant at the Kharkov Palace Hotel is a premium hangout in the city. While Meridian is the oldest club in Kharkov, Panorama is a new entrant that has already attracted the notice of the swish set.
Finally one of the most effective ways to meet successful singles is to become a familiar face in their parts of the city. Donetsk is the richest city in Ukraine2 and though the population of Donetsk is three times less than in Kyiv, the rate of hotels, restaurants and banks per every resident is higher. Some of the most sought out places here are Artema Street, the quieter and more secluded Belosarayskaya Kosa as well as other premium neighbourhoods facing the Azov Sea. The most expensive properties in Kiev are located in the Pechersk and Khreshchatyk areas. Other haunts of the nouveau riche in the capital city of Ukraine are newly constructed buildings in the Kharkivskyi Raion or Obolon along the Dnieper.