Leader of the “UDAR” party, National deputy of Ukraine, Head of the party group “UDAR of Vitaliy Klychko” at the Verkhovna Rada, Hero of Ukraine
Vitaliy Klychko was born on July 19, 1971, in Bilovodske village of the Kyrgyz SSR, in a family of military service members. Together with his parents and younger brother Volodymyr, Vitaliy lived in different corners of the Soviet Union until they moved to Ukraine in 1984.
Vitaliy Klychko graduated the State higher education establishment “Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky State Pedagogical University named after Hrygory Skovoroda”. He is a Candidate of Sciences in the areas of sport and physical education. He wrote and defended a thesis on the topic of “Methodology for evaluating the performance of boxers in a multi-stage sport selection system”. In January 2011, he graduated the National Academy of Public Administration of the President of Ukraine, with a Master’s Degree in “Managing Social Development”.
Vitaliy began boxing when he was 14. Throughout his sports career, Mr. Klychko earned a number of world-class achievements; he is a two-time world amateur kickboxing champion and four-time professional kickboxing champion, three-time Ukrainian boxing champion, champion of the First World Military Championship, and a silver medalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championship.
In 1996, he entered professional boxing, and earned a variety of titles, e.g. the European Champion, the Inter-Continental WBO and WBA champion, WBO and WBC Heavyweight champion. The World Boxing Council has named Vitaliy Klychko the best puncher in the history of heavyweight boxing.
Vitaliy Klychko is a dedicated social activist. In 2003, he and his brother Volodymyr founded their own philanthropic organization, the “Klitschko Brothers Foundation”.
Mr. Klychko began his political career in March 2006, when he ran simultaneously for Verkhovna Rada and the Kyiv City Council as the Head of the “Pora-PRP” Bloc (the union of the “PORA” and the “Reform and Order” parties). The election results allowed him to become the bloc group leader at the Kyiv City Council.
During the 2008 Kyiv Mayor and City Council snap elections, the Vitaliy Klychko bloc doubled its representation in the council. In February 2011, the Klychko Bloc group in the City Council was renamed as “UDAR of Vitaliy Klychko” group.
In April 2010, Klychko became the Party Leader for “UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms)”. After parliamentary elections in 2012, Vitali Klitschko’s UDAR entered the Parliament.
In May 2014 Vitali Klitscko was elected as a mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine's capital city.
Vitaliy also holds the honorary title of Hero of Ukraine.
Family: wife Nataliya Klychko, children – sons Yehor (born 2000) and Maksym (born 2005) and daughter Yelizaveta-Viktoriya (born 2002).
Hobbies: diving, music, chess.